Mid­land on the move

FUNDS TO SHIFT TRAIN STA­TION

Kalamunda Reporter - - News - Lynn Gri­er­son

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

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

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

A time­line for the en­tire con­struc­tion is ex­pected on com­ple­tion of the plans and fi­nal­i­sa­tion of the costs.

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 re­lo­cate Mid­land sta­tion in February when he said con­struc­tion would start in the first term of gov­ern­ment at a cost of $79m.

He said the sta­tion’s cur­rent lo­ca­tion did not max­imise ac­cess to the hospi­tal, rail­way work­shops and shop­ping precincts, and the sta­tion move would cre­ate 283 West Aus­tralian 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.

“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.

Saf­fi­oti said the Belle­vue ex­ten­sion would serve the grow­ing Hills and foothills com­mu­ni­ties.

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

Mid­land train sta­tion is mov­ing.

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