Shorten sta­tion pitch

Avon Valley Gazette - - NEWS -

FED­ERAL La­bor leader Bill Shorten says his party will in­vest $ 83 mil­lion to progress devel­op­ment of a new Mid­land sta­tion and ex­ten­sion of the Mid­land train line to Belle­vue if he wins the next elec­tion.

He said the move would pro­vide about 280 jobs and build in­fra­struc­ture the eastern re­gion needed to grow.

Mr Shorten said the Mid­land sta­tion was an age­ing fa­cil­ity that needed re­de­vel­op­ment to keep pace with the grow­ing needs of the area, in­clud­ing im­prov­ing ac­cess to the St John of God Mid­land Hospi­tal and min­imis­ing traf­fic con­ges­tion.

He said the ex­ten­sion of the rail line 800m to Belle­vue would im­prove pub­lic trans­port ac­cess and bet­ter con­nect the Swan re­gion to the city.

Pre­mier Mark McGowan said the re­lo­ca­tion of the Mid­land train sta­tion would open up land re­de­vel­op­ment op­tions around the new sta­tion, in­clud­ing apart­ments and re­tail and com­mer­cial op­por­tu­ni­ties.

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