Labor’s $83m sta­tion pledge

Ellenbrook Advocate - - NEWS -

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

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 – en­cour­ag­ing de­vel­op­ment in the re­gion and mak­ing it eas­ier, and quicker, for lo­cals to ac­cess the ser­vices they need.

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

“Mid­land has been ignored by the Fed­eral Lib­eral Gov­ern­ment and this com­mit­ment will en­sure that we can get on more eas­ily with the task of im­prov­ing this area,” he said.

“Re­lo­cat­ing the train sta­tion is a sen­si­ble thing and it has been talked about for decades and fi­nally we are go­ing to be able to do it.”

Trans­port Min­is­ter Rita Saf­fi­oti said the re­lo­ca­tion would help Mid­land grow.

“We are in the fi­nal stages of plan­ning and the busi­ness case will hope­fully be pre­pared by the third quar­ter of this year,” she said.

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