Bypass review a ‘positive move’ future of region

Kate FieldingSouth Western Times

An alternate route for the long-awaited Bunbury Outer Ring Road has been welcomed by the Bunbury Wellington Economic Alliance.

In the midst of planning stages following a $12.5 million boost in last year’s Federal Budget, the Outer Ring Road alignment is now being considered to “better integrate” proposed developments at Wanju and Waterloo.

The 17km bypass road has been labelled as the solution to traffic and heavy vehicle congestion between Forrest Highway, Robertson Drive and Bussell Highway and has been in the pipeline for decades.

Main Roads WA is consulting with stakeholders as part of the planning review before an alignment is locked in.

“We wrote to all potentially impacted landowners in November 2017 and have been meeting with them to discuss impacts and concerns,” a statement from Main Roads said.

“Once the final alignment has been selected, we will assess where connections will be included for both the northern and southern sections.”

Alliance chairman Ian Telfer said urban and regional development initiatives prompted a review of the route which was a “positive and appropriate” move.

“We are aware of a proposed new alignment and believe this will better serve the objectives of the BORR as well as the ongoing regional development planning, including the Bunbury Geographe Growth Plan,” Mr Telfer said.

“We are confident in the process, are keen to assist with developing the business case and we will continue to advocate for the BORR as part of this process.”

Mr Telfer said the Bunbury Outer Ring Road was a key part of economic development plans for the region.

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