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Infrastructure Matters

METRONET: WA Labor to build east-west rail connection

Labor Statement February 2

WA Labor will build an east-west rail connection from Thornlie to the Mandurah line, as part of the future South Circle line, WA Labor Leader Mark McGowan said today.

Mr McGowan said the 11.5 kilometre rail extension would cost an estimated $286million, excluding rail cars. The project will start in 2016-17 and will be completed by the end of 2019.

“The suburbs to the south of the proposed South Circle line are some of WA’s fastest growing, yet they lack access to a rail line,” Mr McGowan said.

“The Thornlie to Mandurah connection will allow trains to run from Cockburn Central along the new line to the Armadale line and into the city.

“The new South Circle line will eventually connect Perth Airport to Fremantle via Yangebup and Coogee.

“We will build two new train stations in Canning Vale, at Ranford Road and Nicholson Road. We will also build a bridge over the rail line at Nicholson Road and remove the level crossing to reduce traffic congestion in the area along Nicolson Road and surrounding streets.

“The Ranford Road and Nicholson Road stations will include park and ride facilities, allowing more people to walk or ride to a station, taking pressure off the car parks at Thornlie and Cockburn stations.

“The Ranford Road station will also have a bus interchange.”

Mr McGowan said like the rest of the new stations being built as part of the METRONET rail system, the new South Circle line stations would be Cyclists First stations.

“They will be designed and laid out to encourage cycling, including large Lock N Ride bike shelters which will be monitored by CCTV cameras,” he said.

“A WA Labor Government will also work closely with local governments to develop local cycle networks to provide safe on and off road cycle routes to new METRONET stations.”

Mr McGowan said this section of the South Circle line will be a high priority of WA Labor’s $3.8 billion METRONET priority program over eight years to build Western Australia a world-class rail network to tackle our congestion crisis.

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