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Infrastructure Matters

METRONET: North Circle rail line to provide east-west connections in northern suburbs

Labor Statement January 31

WA Labor will build a 12 kilometre North Circle rail line by mid-2019, connecting the Joondalup line and the proposed Ellenbrook lines, to deliver the rail services needed in Perth's northern suburbs, WA Labor Leader Mark McGowan said today.

Mr McGowan said construction on the $616million project would begin in 2013-14. The line would service stations at Perth Central, Claisebrook, Maylands, Bayswater and Stirling, plus four new stations at Alexander Drive (Malaga), Mirrabooka Avenue (Mirrabooka), Wanneroo Road (Hamersley) and Balcatta, as well as two new stations to be built as part of the proposed Ellenbrook line at Walter Road (Morley) and Noranda.

"The North Circle line will be a high priority of WA Labor's eight-year, $3.8billion METRONET priority program to build Western Australia a world-class rail network to tackle the congestion crisis," Mr McGowan said.

"The North Circle line will connect the Joondalup line with the Midland, Ellenbrook and Perth Airport lines.

"It will give people living in the suburbs of the north-central corridor better access to train services and will allow, for the first time, east-west rail connections across the northern suburbs.

"This means people will no longer have to travel into the CBD and then back out to reach their final destination, taking pressure off the Joondalup line and car parking at the Warwick, Stirling and Greenwood railway stations.

"The North Circle line will also provide faster travel to the city from Mirrabooka compared to bus or light rail."

Member for Girrawheen Margaret Quirk said there was a huge demand for public transport among the growing communities in Perth's northern suburbs.

"These suburbs have been ignored by the Barnett Government, as it focuses on its pet projects in the CBD," Ms Quirk said.

"Its opposition to building rail in the suburbs means Perth's rail network can't even cope with today's demands, let alone future population increases."

WA Labor candidate for Balcatta Janet Pettigrew said the rail line would provide people in Balcatta with a viable alternative to driving cars.

"Importantly, it could also help to create more employment opportunities in the suburbs where people actually live," Ms Pettrigrew said.

Mr McGowan said WA Labor's METRONET priority program included: 

  • the North Circle line, including the Ellenbrook line;
  • sections of the South Circle line, including the Perth Airport line to Forrestfield, and connecting Thornlie to the Mandurah line;
  • the extension of the Clarkson line to Yanchep;
  • the extension of the Armadale line to Byford;
  • new stations at Atwell and Karnup; and
  • additional new rail cars. 

"Perth is facing an unprecedented congestion crisis and needs a rail system that works for today and the future and gets more cars off our congested roads," Mr McGowan said.

"METRONET is a key component of WA Labor's strategy to ease congestion."

Mr McGowan said the North Circle line's $616million cost included rail and road infrastructure for the project and did not include the cost of railcars.

WA Labor will make further announcements on the purchase of rolling stock.

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