24 November 2020
Mr DULUK: Minister, what work has been done on the Cross Road planning study? When will it be completed? When will it be released and what safety improvements at Claremont and Fullarton Road are going to be included in that safety study and planning study?
Mr DULUK: I refer to Budget Paper 4, Volume 3, page 170, highlights, dot point 1, 20-Year Transport Infrastructure Strategy. Minister, what work has been done on the Cross Road planning study? When will it be completed? When will it be released and what safety improvements at Claremont and Fullarton Road are going to be included in that safety study and planning study?
The Hon. C.L. WINGARD: I thank the member for the question and note his interest in the planning study works that we have done. As he has pointed out, we have invested $10 million in planning studies and that is the most that has been invested in planning studies for as long as many of the people in the department can remember because we know how important it is to do this planning and get this right so we can then invest against the planning.
Sadly, when we came into government, none of this work had been done and we were left to pick up the ball and get moving with it, which we have done. We have attracted the investment, as I have talked about before, the $16.7 billion in partnership with the federal government, but we are then delivering $10 million worth of planning studies.
As far as the Cross Road corridor study is concerned, that will be looking at the whole of Cross Road. That work is ongoing. I cannot give any specifics on different sections at the minute. That work is happening. It will be completed by the middle of next year. We are also looking at Portrush Road, Brighton Road and a whole number of other elements through there. Once we have that planning work done, it makes it easier to invest against that planning study.
We are looking forward to receiving that work. As I said, unfortunately it has not been done in the past, and when we came into government the cupboard was bare, so to speak. But this will help us, again, deliver against our commitment of more jobs, lower costs and better services, and having these planning studies means that we can deliver those infrastructure projects against that.