Perth's Eastern Region is a major air, rail and road transport hub servicing the passenger and freight demands of the state. The region is home to the specialised centre of Perth Airport and the strategic industrial centre of the Kewdale rail/road intermodal terminal. These transport hubs are large trip generators that need to be accessed by significant numbers of people and vehicles every day.
The region is also home to a number of activity centres, including the strategic metropolitan centres of Midland and Morley along with the secondary centres of Belmont and Ellenbrook. Also situated in the region are industrial centres that play a key role in servicing the state's construction and resources sector including Kewdale-Welshpool, Forrestfield, Malaga, Hazelmere and Bayswater-Bassendean. Correspondingly there are a number of high traffic major roads in and around these centres as well as major rail and road networks linking Perth with the rest of WA and with the east coast of Australia.
These transport concentrations provide both opportunities and issues for the region. Maintaining and improving regional transport infrastructure is essential for facilitating economic development, supporting sustainable residential development and community service delivery and addressing traffic management issues, particularly those that impact on traffic and pedestrian safety.
To address escalating traffic congestion and related safety concerns, EMRC and its six member Councils, in partnership with the then Department of Planning and Infrastructure (now the Departments of Planning and Transport), developed a Regional Integrated Transport Strategy (RITS) for Perth's Eastern Region (2008).
In 2009 the RITS Action Plan was reviewed to take into account progress over the past two years and to align future actions for the period of 2010 - 2013 with WA policy and planning, including the Directions 2031 Spatial Framework for Perth and Peel. The RITS Action Plan provides a coherent framework for development of the region's transport system that integrates all transport modes.
The RITS Action Plan 2010 - 2013 has five key focus areas:
• Integrated transport and land use planning;
• Public transport service provision;
• Connectivity and accessibility for walking and cycling;
• Road and freight infrastructure; and
• Community engagement, education and behaviour change.
To Implement the Strategy an advisory group was formed. The RITS Implementation Advisory Group meets quarterly to monitor and advise on implementation of the actions contained within the RITS. This group is comprised of representatives from EMRC's six member Councils, Department of Planning, Department of Transport, Public Transport Authority, Main Roads Western Australia, Perth Airport Pty Ltd and the West Australian Road Transport Association.
The projects listed below are currently being undertaken as part of the Regional Integrated Transport Strategy:
Previous projects undertaken as part of the Regional Integrated Transport Strategy.
Please find below a downloadable copy of the Regional Integrated Transport Strategy Action Plan 2010 - 2013.