Labor commits to line
THE State Government has started the planning process for its Metronet scheme, heralding the start of the Thornlie train line extension.
Premier Mark McGowan promised to extend the Thornlie line to Cockburn ahead of the March State Election.
The commitment involves building two new Canning Vale stations on Nicholson Road and Ranford Road to connect the Thornlie line to the Mandurah line.
At the end of March, the State Government formally requested the relevant government departments start developing plans for the project.
Construction is scheduled to begin in 2019, with the stations expected to be completed and ready for use in 2021.
Southern River MLA Terry Healy said his electorate had been crying out for more train stations for years.
“We’ve got a huge popula- tion growth here; it’s been long overdue for the community,” he said. “It was always Labor’s plan to build this line but we’ve been out of government.
“Labor is the only party who builds this sort of infrastructure.”
Mr Healy said he and fellow MPs Chris Tallentire (Thornlie) and Yaz Mubarakai (Jandakot) were briefed on the project.
“The steering group has met a number of the departments and we’ve instructed them to move forward with our timeline,” he said.
Chris Tallentire, Yaz Mubarakai and Terry Healy celebrate the decision.