Sta­tion on the move

Avon Valley Gazette - - FRONT PAGE - Lynn Gri­er­son

PLANS to move Mid­land sta­tion near the hospi­tal are on track in the State Gov­ern­ment’s lat­est Bud­get, with a $ 28.2 mil­lion com­mit­ment locked in as part of Metronet.

The new rail- bus tran­sit hub will in­volve build­ing a train sta­tion on land at Cale Street/ Rail­way Pa­rade and ex­tend­ing the line to Belle­vue.

Ini­tial fund­ing will pay for the plan­ning and de­sign of the Mid­land and Belle­vue sta­tions and go to­wards land pur­chases for the Belle­vue ex­ten­sion.

A time­line for the en­tire con­struc­tion is ex­pected when plan­ning and costs are fi­nalised.

The State Gov­ern­ment will seek more Fed­eral fund­ing through the $ 10 bil­lion Na­tional Rail Pro­gram and from land sales as the project moves for­ward.

Premier Mark McGowan made the prom­ise to move Mid­land sta­tion in Fe­bru­ary. He said con­struc­tion would start in the new State Gov­ern­ment’s first term at a cost of $ 79 mil­lion.

He said the sta­tion’s cur­rent lo­ca­tion did not max­imise ac­cess to the hospi­tal, rail­way work­shops and shop­ping precincts.

Mov­ing the sta­tion is ex­pected to cre­ate 283 jobs.

While plans are at the con­cep­tual stage, Trans­port Min­is­ter Rita Saf­fi­oti said she en­vis­aged the new sta­tion would be of a stan­dard and de­sign be­fit­ting a strate­gic met­ro­pol­i­tan cen­tre.

“Metronet is our long- term plan to not just re­duce traf­fic con­ges­tion but to con­nect our sub­urbs and drive sus­tain­able new de­vel­op­ments,” she said.

“The new Mid­land sta­tion will be bet­ter con­nected to the town cen­tre and key em­ploy­ment ar­eas such as the hospi­tal and re­vi­talised work­shops precinct.”

She said the Belle­vue ex­ten­sion would serve the grow­ing Hills and Foothills com­mu­ni­ties.

“This means res­i­dents in Mid­land, Belle­vue, Strat­ton and the Hills can look for­ward to be­ing con­nected to the ex­panded Metronet sys­tem to get to places like the new Perth Sta­dium, Yanchep and the air- port,” she said.

Swan Hills MLA Jes­sica Shaw said the re­lo­cated sta­tion was good for peo­ple liv­ing in the area.

News of the Bud­get com­mit­ment was fur­ther wel­comed by Mid­land MLA Michelle Roberts, who said the move was es­sen­tial for the re­vi­tal­i­sa­tion and growth of Mid­land.

She said com­muters would be placed in the midst of the ac­tion when they alighted at the new sta­tion.

Pic­ture: David Baylis www. com­mu­ni­typix. com. au d450840

The Mid­land sta­tion’s cur­rent lo­ca­tion.

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