Sunday 19th Nov, 2017

Labor makes $3bn Metronet key election issue

Perth B-series train. Credit: Creative Commons / DBZ2313
Credit: Creative Commons / DBZ2313

Western Australian Opposition Leader Mark McGowan has put the Labor Party’s election hopes behind a $3 billion plan to dramatically expand and improve Perth’s rail network.

McGowan this week provided his party’s estimates for $2.945 billion of work, which would create thousands of construction jobs, while solving Perth’s congestion issues.

“The Liberals’ broken promises on public transport have created a congestion crisis that damages our economy and costs jobs,” he said.

“Metronet will be a world class public transport system that works.”

Labor’s Metronet plan and costings:

  • Complete the Forrestfield-Airport Link (fully-funded)
  • Thornlie-Cockburn Line 17.5km ($474 million)
  • Yanchep extension of the Joondalup Line 13.65km ($386 million)
  • Morley to Ellenbrook Line 21km ($863 million)
  • Byford extension of the Armadale Line 7.5km ($291 million)
  • New and existing train station upgrades ($144 million)
  • Improved signalling ($120 million)
  • ‘Fixing’ four level crossings ($257 million)
  • 78 new railcars ($410 million)

Labor’s plan includes $267.1 million in funding contributed from value capture and developer contributions, as well as $667.1 million from land sales.

It also relies on $485.9 million in traditional state funding, and $415.9 million in funding from the Commonwealth.

Extending the Joondalup Line to Yanchep would be the first priority for a new WA Labor Government, with a projected completion date of 2021.

“The Barnett Government promised to complete the Yanchep extension by 2020,” the Opposition’s document says.

“They have broken that promise.

Western Australian Opposition Leader Mark McGowan has put the Labor Party’s election hopes behind a $3 billion plan to dramatically expand and improve Perth’s rail network, and cancel the controversial Perth Freight Link.

McGowan this week provided his party’s estimates for $2.945 billion of work, which would create thousands of construction jobs, while solving Perth’s congestion issues.

“The Liberals’ broken promises on public transport have created a congestion crisis that damages our economy and costs jobs,” he said.

“Metronet will be a world class public transport system that works.”

Labor’s Metronet plan and costings:

  • Complete the Forrestfield-Airport Link (fully-funded)
  • Thornlie-Cockburn Line 17.5km ($474 million)
  • Yanchep extension of the Joondalup Line 13.65km ($386 million)
  • Morley to Ellenbrook Line 21km ($863 million)
  • Byford extension of the Armadale Line 7.5km ($291 million)
  • New and existing train station upgrades ($144 million)
  • Improved signalling ($120 million)
  • ‘Fixing’ four level crossings ($257 million)
  • 78 new railcars ($410 million)

Labor’s plan includes $267.1 million in funding contributed from value capture and developer contributions, as well as $667.1 million from land sales.

It also relies on $485.9 million in state funding, and $415.9 million in funding from the Commonwealth, with both allocations redirected from the Perth Freight Link road project.

Extending the Joondalup Line to Yanchep would be the first priority for a new WA Labor Government, with a projected completion date of 2021.

“The Barnett Government promised to complete the Yanchep extension by 2020,” the Opposition’s document says.

“They have broken that promise.

“Under a McGowan Labor Government, Metronet will give thousands of extra commuters the opportunity to catch the train, taking thousands of cars off congested roads like the Mitchell Freeway and Wanneroo Road.”

WA’s election is scheduled for March 11.

  • Neil Hamilton

    I think there is mistake in the last line of the excellent article
    Election is actually March 11, 2017
    February 14 is when electors have to have registered if they are new electors or have changed their home address

    • Oliver Probert

      Thanks Neil – A mistake on our part. We’ve corrected it here.


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