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Metronet: WA Labor announces new stations at Karnup and Atwell

Labor Statement February 23

A McGowan Labor Government will build new rail stations at Atwell and Karnup as part of its $3.8billion METRONET priority program over eight years to tackle Perth's congestion crisis, WA Labor Leader Mark McGowan said today.

Mr McGowan said these stations will relieve the pressure on the Mandurah line car parks, in particular Cockburn Central, Warnbro and Mandurah.

"The Mandurah line has been an outstanding success since it was built and opened by the Gallop and Carpenter Governments in 2007, with passenger numbers growing by around 10 per cent each year, according to the Public Transport Authority," Mr McGowan said.

"This success has placed pressure on existing stations, with car parks now struggling to cope with demand.

"The $35million Karnup station will have up to 1000 car parking bays. Construction will begin in 2016-17 and be completed by mid-2019.

"Karnup station will help cater for the growing populations of Golden Bay, Singleton, Madora Bay, Secret Harbour, Port Kennedy, Baldivis, Lakelands and Meadow Springs, who now mostly catch a train at Warnbro, where there is often no parking after 7am each weekday.

"The draft Public Transport For Perth in 2031 plan released in July 2011 identified that a new station would be required at Karnup in the next five to 10 years.

"Since the release of this report the Barnett Government has failed to progress this station to relieve pressure on Mandurah and Warnbro Stations.

"Instead Colin Barnett has chosen to prioritise inner-city projects instead of the services that people in the suburbs need."

Mr McGowan said the $55million Atwell station will have up to 2000 parking bays and help to cater for the growing populations of Atwell, Aubin Grove, Banjup, Hammond Park and Success.

"Construction of the Atwell station will begin in 2013-14 and be completed in 2015-16," he said.

"The costs for both these stations have been estimated in 2012 dollars and exclude rail cars.

"Both stations will have bus interchanges and park and ride facilities.

"Like all the new stations being built as part of the world-class METRONET rail system, Atwell and Karnup stations will be Cyclists First stations, designed and laid out to encourage cycling, including Lock N Ride bike shelters which will be monitored by CCTV cameras.

"We 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."

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