METRONET to connect Perth's suburbs by rail

Date:  16 December 2012

WA Labor Leader Mark McGowan today unveiled WA Labor's plan for rail in Perth, to be named 'METRONET'.


Mr McGowan said METRONET would see the construction of rail lines to Ellenbrook and Perth Airport, as well as a North Circle Line, a South Circle line, a Butler-Yanchep extension, an Armadale-Byford extension, an Atwell station and a Karnup station.

"A McGowan Government will make Perth's rail system a priority, for today and the future," Mr McGowan said.

"Perth is suffering a congestion crisis and our rail system is struggling to cope. Over the past eight years, the number of people boarding Perth trains has doubled.

"Poor planning by the Barnett Government has resulted in a public transport network that can‟t meet the needs of our growing city, making life harder for people living in Perth.

"The Barnett Government has contributed to our congestion crisis by having the wrong priorities and cancelling promises, like the Greenwood station, the railway extension to Clarkson and the Ellenbrook railway."

Mr McGowan said only WA Labor could be trusted to build rail.

"WA Labor has built 110 kilometres of rail across Perth, compared to just 7.5 kilometres of rail under construction by the Liberals. We have a strong record in delivering rail systems, including the Joondalup and Mandurah lines.

"WA Labor will build METRONET, connecting Perth's suburbs with rail to solve our congestion crisis."

Mr McGowan said WA Labor's construction priorities for METRONET include:

  • A rail line to the airport (12km);
  • Ellenbrook line (21km)
  • Extending Thornlie spur to Mandurah line (11.5km);
  • Extending Armadale line to Byford (7km);
  • Balcatta to Tonkin Hwy (11.5km)
  • Extending Butler to Yanchep (12.5km); and
  • New stations at Atwell and Karnup.

"In the lead up to the election we will release details of which projects will be constructed and under construction in the first two terms of a WA Labor Government," Mr McGowan said.

"WA Labor has a plan to deliver a world-class rail system for Perth.

"Under this plan WA Labor will build an additional 75.5 kilometres of heavy rail and build more train stations in the suburbs where they are needed.

"This builds on the 78 kilometres built under the previous WA Labor Government.

"This plan will be one of the key elements of WA Labor State Infrastructure Strategy, guided by the Infrastructure WA Board, which will report directly to the Premier."

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