Murdoch Drive Connection

The Australian Federal and State Governments $100 million Murdoch Drive Connection project comprises the extension of Murdoch Drive south from Farrington Road to provide connections to Roe Highway and Kwinana Freeway. The project has been planned in various forms for more than 10 years and is required to reduce congestion, provide better access to Fiona Stanley Hospital and help the Murdoch Activity Centre (MAC) meet its economic potential as a major employment and research centre.

If you live, work or play in and around Murdoch, Bull Creek, Bateman, Leeming, Kardinya or Winthrop, you are encouraged to find out more about the  Murdoch Drive Connection Project.

Concept Plan

An approved concept design for the Murdoch Drive Connection was announced by the Transport Minister on 22 January 2018.

The concept design retains the existing connectivity between Bibra Drive, Farrington Road and Murdoch Drive albeit with some changes to traffic movements.

Key project traffic movements include:

  • two-way access to the Murdoch Activity Centre from Kwinana Freeway and Roe Highway

  • access to the Murdoch Drive Connection northbound (towards the Murdoch Activity Centre) from Bibra Drive

  • access from Murdoch Drive southbound (from Murdoch Activity Centre) to Farrington Road

Access from the Murdoch Drive Connection to Bibra Drive, and from the existing Murdoch Drive to Murdoch Drive Connection no longer forms part of the current project scope.

A cul-de-sac, previously proposed for Bibra Drive has also been removed from the concept design. As a result, access from Bibra Drive to Farrington Road will remain the same as at present.

For more information visit the Main Roads WA Murdoch Drive Connection project page, phone 138 138 or email enquiries@mrialliance.com.au.

The City of Melville has concerns with the approved concept design which is viewed as being sub-optimal  with major departures and disadvantages from the Main Roads Preferred Concept (Option 2).

THE IMPACTS ON OUR COMMUNITY

While reiterating its in-principle support for the construction of the Murdoch Drive Connection to Roe Highway to alleviate congestion in the area and improve access to the Murdoch Health and Knowledge Precinct, the City has a number of key concerns with the final concept.

Residents in and around Murdoch, Bull Creek, Bateman, Kardinya or Winthrop and in particular Leeming may be impacted by the following: 

  • In excess of a four-fold increase in traffic volumes on Murdoch Drive, from the current 11,600 vehicles per day (vpd) to 47,000 vpd by 2021
  • No direct access to/from Farrington Road from Roe Highway
  • No direct access to Murdoch Drive from Farrington Road
  • Restricted access to Bramanti Road where the City of Melville's Operations Centre, a key service facility for the community is located.

On 20 February 2018, a Notice of Motion was also resolved by Council. The motion directs the CEO to take a number of actions:

  1. Call upon the WA Minister for Transport to reconsider the approved concept design and undertake traffic microsimulation investigations and further public consultation.
  2. Advise State and Federal Ministers for Transport and all local State and Federal Parliamentarians with City of Melville’s concerns with the proposed design, and the City’s preferred design.
  3. Advise residents of Leeming within one kilometre of Farrington Road, of the proposed design and its likely impact on traffic volumes, and the City’s preferred design.

The City has taken a number of actions since the first concept design for the Murdoch Drive Connection was presented in August 2017.

Timeline

DateAnnouncementDesign Concepts

 

18 August 2017

Community Consultation - Main Roads WA

 

A concept design was displayed by Main Roads WA at a community workshop  at the Lakeside Recreation Centre, Bibra Lake

This concept showed Bibra Drive as a cul-de-sac with no connection to Farrington Road.

City of Melville staff and Councillors expressed concerns about the concept design to Main Roads, mainly due to the poor connectivity to Farrington Road.

13 September 2017

 

 

The CEO and Acting Director of Technical Services met with the Minister for Transport (Hon. Rita Saffioti) and Member for Willagee (Hon. Peter Tinley) to discuss the concept displayed.

September 2017

Main Roads Proposed Concept Design

Main Roads developed a proposed concept design which reinstated the Bibra Drive connection to Farrington Road

 

 

 

 

City of Cockburn raised objections to the preferred option, resulting in Main Roads and the MRIA working with the City of Cockburn and City of Melville to further refine the design.

 

 

Modelling undertaken by MRIA suggested the September 2017 design was unlikely to achieve the desired traffic flow and level of service expected, leading to the development of alternative designs.

 

11 October 2017 

Revised Concept Designs and Traffic Modelling

Two designs emerged:

  1. Main Roads Preferred Concept (Option 2)
  2. City of Cockburn Concept (Option 4) 

City of Melville's preferred option is Main Roads Preferred Concept (Option 2)

November 2017

 

 

City of Melville Mayor and CEO met with Minister for Transport to discuss the concept options, noting a strong preference for the Main Roads Preferred Concept (Option 2)

22 January 2018 

Approved Concept Plan

Minister for Transport announced the State Government's approved Concept Plan which is based largely on  City of Cockburn Concept (Option 4).

 

5 February 2018 

 

 

City of Melville wrote to Minister for Transport expressing extreme disappointment in the approved concept design, highlighting impacts on the community and putting forward recommendations for improvement.

20 February 2018

 

 

Notice of Motion resolved by City of Melviile Council 

March 2018  

City of Melville wrote to advise State and Federal Ministers for Transport and all local State and Federal Parliamentarians regarding the  City of Melville’s concerns with the proposed design, and the City’s preferred design.

March 2018  

City of Melville wrote to advise residents of Leeming within one kilometre of Farrington Road, of the proposed design and its likely impact on traffic volumes, and the City’s preferred design.

The Murdoch Drive Connection is a $100 million project comprising the extension of Murdoch Drive south from Farrington Road to connect to Roe Highway and Kwinana Freeway, with the aim of reducing congestion, providing better access to Fiona Stanley Hospital and supporting the Murdoch Activity Centre (MAC) to meet its economic potential as a major employment centre, and the State's future Health and Knowledge precinct of the future.

For more project information visit the Main Roads WA Murdoch Drive Connection project page, phone 138 138 or email enquiries@mrialliance.com.au.

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