Election 2013 Western Australia March 9

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Infrastructure Matters

METRONET: WA Labor will build the Ellenbrook rail line by end of 2018

Labor Statement

A WA Labor Government will build a rail line to Ellenbrook, via Morley, by the end of 2018, WA Labor Leader Mark McGowan said today.

Mr McGowan said the 21 kilometre Ellenbrook line would cost $863.5million, excluding rail cars, and construction was expected to start during 2014-15.

"The Ellenbrook line is a key priority in WA Labor's $3.8billion METRONET priority program, which will connect Perth's suburbs with rail to ease our congestion crisis," Mr McGowan said.

"Premier Colin Barnett broke his 2008 election promise to build the Ellenbrook line.

"Mr Barnett broke the hearts of the people of Ellenbrook and the north-east corridor of Perth. He also showed once again that the Liberal Party cannot be trusted on rail.

"WA Labor's priorities will be focused on delivering a world-class public transport system to the suburbs where people live.

"The Ellenbrook line includes new rail stations at Morley (Walter Rd), Noranda, Bennett Springs, Whiteman and Ellenbrook.

"The new Ellenbrook line will connect to the Midland line east of Bayswater station."

Member for West Swan Rita Saffioti said the Ellenbrook rail line was desperately needed to service the fast-growing north-eastern suburbs of Perth.

"Premier Colin Barnett has prioritised inner-city projects at the expense of public transport services for people in suburbs like Ellenbrook," Ms Saffioti said.

"The north-eastern corridor is a rapidly growing part of Perth and the population explosion demands a new rail line to service the community."

WA Labor candidate for Swan Hillls Ian Radisich said the people of Swan Hills had a clear choice ahead of the March 9 State election.

"People in Swan Hills are rightly disappointed that the Liberal Party broke its promise to build a rail line to Ellenbrook," Mr Radisich said.

"WA Labor is the only party with a proven record in delivering rail in WA and if elected, we will build a world-class rail system to service the people of Swan Hills and West Swan."

Mr McGowan said Perth needed a rail system that worked, both for today and the future.

"WA Labor is focused on easing the congestion crisis and the Ellenbrook rail line will be a key component of our METRONET plan," he said.

"Today's announcement is focused on construction and associated infrastructure. We will make further announcements on the purchase of rolling stock."

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