New port for Western Australia
The Government of Western Australia has endorsed a plan to build a new 4.5 million TEU capacity container port at Kwinana. The new port will be at the
Kwinana Industrial Area, about 20 km south of the existing port at Fremantle, near to the Kwinana Bulk Terminal and the Aloca jetty.
The port will be supported by an enhanced road and rail network and by new intermodal terminals. The new port will be connected by a road freight corridor of upgrades to Anketell Road / Thomas Road connecting to the Tonkin Highway. The connecting roads will be upgraded to a four-lane divided freight route with a central median. The road network will handle about 70% of the containers from the port.
The rational for moving the business of the port to a new location is to cater to Western Australia’s future freight needs. The Westport Taskforce last year found that, even with billions of dollars’ worth of upgrades, the transport network around Fremantle Inner Harbour would reach capacity by the mid 2030s.