Call to action for Manning on-ramp: McGrath demands commitment

South Perth MLA John McGrath has called on Treasurer Eric Ripper to make provision in the 2008-09 Budget for a major revamp of Manning Road.

Mr McGrath wants the Carpenter Government to commit to construction of a ramp from Manning Road to the freeway south.

Last week, he gave notice of his motion to the House demanding that:

“This house calls on the state government to commit in the 2008-09 budget to the construction of a southbound on-ramp to the Kwinana Freeway at the point where Manning Road connects with the freeway.”

Mr McGrath said today it was ridiculous that, with all the traffic problems being experienced by motorists using the Kwinana Freeway and major connecting roads, people could still not exit Manning Road in a southerly direction onto the freeway.

“I have been giving the Government notice of this issue since I was elected in 2005,” he said. “Over the years I have continually emphasised to Planning and Infrastructure Minister Alannah McTiernan that this is a project people in my electorate and the southern suburbs are crying out for.

“The traffic congestion on our roads is diabolical. Here is a workable option that looks likely to improve the efficiency of our transport network and it is shameful to think that the Government refuses to act on it.

“This ramp could provide ready access to the south-bound freeway, removing the added journey up and over Canning Bridge, which adds not only time but also a dangerous detour through a very busy intersection.”

Mr McGrath said he had discussed the project with the Opposition’s Shadow Minister for Transport., Hon Simon O’Brien.

Mr McGrath said the City of South Perth has in the past expressed its support for the project and he had hoped that by working together they could get the Government to give it the green light.

“We need to be investing the proceeds of the State’s resources boom in infrastructure that will benefit the State both now and in the long-term,” he said.

Mr McGrath said he expected to speak to the motion in this session of Parliament.

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