La­bor com­mits to line

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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.

Pic­ture: Will Rus­sell www.com­mu­ni­typix.com.au d467471

Chris Tal­len­tire, Yaz Mubarakai and Terry Healy cel­e­brate the de­ci­sion.

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