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Anketell-Thomas Road Freight Corridor

The early concept design for the Anketell-Thomas Road Corridor connects the future container terminal in Kwinana’s Outer Harbour with Tonkin Highway.

Anketell-Thomas Road Freight Corridor

Westport is the State Government’s long-term program for a new terminal in Kwinana integrated with a high-quality, safe, and efficient road and rail network.

As major port projects take time to plan before construction can even begin, work is underway to develop a business case that will recommend to Government the high-level designs, including the Anketell-Thomas Road freight corridor. This will include advising the best time and way to transition from the Inner Harbour in Fremantle to the Outer Harbour in Kwinana in the future.

Work is now underway to develop a concept design for a freight corridor using Anketell and Thomas roads, which will connect Tonkin Highway with the growing strategic Kwinana industrial area and future port.

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The Early Concept Design 

The early concept for the corridor between Clementi Road in Mandogalup to Tonkin Hwy in Oakford includes:

  • Upgrading Thomas and Anketell Roads to four lanes between Tonkin Highway in Oakford and Lyon Road in Anketell and creating two lanes in each direction for general traffic plus dedicated freight only lanes (one in each direction) between Lyon Road and Clementi Road in Mandogalup, which will include new bridges over Kwinana Freeway.
  • New interchanges, bridges, roundabouts and ramps at Thomas and Kargotich and Thomas and Nicholson roads.
  • Service roads to provide access to properties on Anketell and Thomas roads.
  • A shared path along the south side of the corridor for pedestrians and cyclists.

The concept provides uninterrupted east-west movement for freight vehicles, and enhanced safety for local road users, as well as high-grade pedestrian and cyclist access.

Watch the fly through visualisation or view the early concept map.

Planning Control Area

A Planning Control Area will help identify the area needed for the future road and ensure proposed developments adjacent support the future freight corridor.

More information on Planning Control Areas can be viewed here.

Community and landowner engagement 

Land requirements are not yet confirmed, but we want to help potentially affected property owners and the wider community to understand what this may mean for them as the freight corridor concept design is refined. 

Westport is sharing the early road concept design to capture feedback. To provide feedback, please complete this survey

The concept design is the first phase of the freight corridor planning process, with the concept design expected to be refined following community engagement and technical studies over the next 18 months.

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If you have any questions please contact us via enquiries@westport.wa.gov.au or 6551 6525. 

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Frequently Asked Questions

What is Westport?

Westport is the State Government’s long-term program for a new, efficient and sustainable port in Kwinana with an integrated road and rail network. Westport is a once in a century opportunity to create a resilient supply chain that meets the needs of the community and underpins our State's long-term economic prosperity.

As major port projects take time to plan before construction can even begin, work is underway to develop a business case that will recommend to Government the high-level designs and best time and way to transition from the Inner Harbour in Fremantle to the Outer Harbour in Kwinana in the future.

Why does Anketell road need to change?

The Anketell-Thomas Road freight corridor will play an integral part by connecting the new container terminal in the Outer Harbour with Tonkin Highway and meeting the needs of the Kwinana industrial area as it continues to grow.

Not only will this project keep trade moving in the future, it will also support jobs and business opportunities for the local community and our State for generations to come.

The planned upgrades for Thomas Road over the next three years, will also help improve traffic safety and efficiency while planning for this new freight route connection is underway.

What is the early road concept design?

Whilst the final land requirement and road design is yet to be finalised, Westport is talking to the community about the project as early as possible about the early concept design for the road freight network.

The current early road concept explores the corridor between Clementi Road in Mandogalup and Tonkin Highway in Oakford, with the area west of Clementi Road subject to a separate planning process. This early concept will help guide initial conversations with affected landowners and other stakeholders.

The freight corridor concept provides for uninterrupted east-west movement for freight vehicles and safety for local road users supported by:

  • Four lanes to six lanes,
  • Proposed new bridges and/or interchanges, and roundabouts at key intersections, and
  • A principal shared path (PSP).

When will the road be constructed?

The date for construction of the road has not been determined as we are in only the early stages of planning.

What is a Planning Control Area?  

A Planning Control Area is intended to be used to identify the area needed for the future road and ensure proposed developments in the area support the future road freight corridor.

Planning Control Areas are used to identify land for future public purposes, such as major roads, intersections, interchanges and drainage.

All landowners directly affected by the proposed Planning Control Area will be contacted by the Westport Office to discuss what it means for them.

Why are Planning Control Areas used?

Planning Control Areas protect land required for state purposes until it may be reserved in the Metropolitan Region Scheme (MRS).

Planning Control Areas are implemented where required to ensure that no development occurs on the affected land that might prejudice its future identified purpose (in this case the Anketell Thomas Road freight corridor.   

What does it mean for people in the local area?

Westport is sharing the early road concept design to help potentially affected property owners and the wider community to understand what this may mean for them as the freight corridor design is refined. 

The concept design is the first phase of the freight corridor planning process, with the design expected to be refined following community engagement and technical studies over the next 18 months.

All landowners directly affected by possible land requirements will be contacted by the Westport Office to discuss what it means for them.

Does this mean my house/land will be acquired or purchased?  

At this stage of planning, specific land requirements within the PCA have not been confirmed. Any affected landowners will be contacted directly to discuss their options. We will keep affected landowners informed as the corridor designs and land requirements are finalised.

How can I find out more information?  

To find out more about the Anketell-Thomas Road Freight Corridor early concept design, please contact the Westport Office via enquiries@westport.wa.gov.au or 6551 6525. You can also register here for our upcoming online information session.

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