Transport relief in sight for Ellenbrook commuters
TRANSPORT in Ellenbrook has featured as a priority in the 2017-18 State Budget, with the Government allocating more than $140 million into transport construction and infrastructure.
The Lord Street duplication project, which incorporates earthworks for the Ellenbrook rail line and preliminary works at the train station site, received $49 million, while $20m was committed towards the detailed planning of the Morley to Ellenbrook line.
A pre-election promise to ease congestion and commute times for people living in Ellenbrook and surrounds was cemented, with $70m allocated to the Reid Highway dual carriageway between Altone Road and West Swan Road.
Swan Hills MLA Jessica Shaw said she was excited about the commitments toward key projects in the region.
“We’ve already started many of our local Metronet projects, including the 335 and 356 bus routes, connecting Ellenbrook and Midland to the Joondalup rail line,” she said.
“The planning for the Morley to Ellenbrook train line will continue the foundation works we announced back in April, associated with the Lord Street duplication project. The earthworks are under way and we’re also preparing the station site, with relocation of the Ellenbrook telecommunications tower.
“We’re trying to maximise the value of this significant project; it’s going to unlock the northeast corridor and needs to be planned and designed carefully.”
Tourism and jobs in the Swan Valley will receive a boost after the government delivered $1.4m towards the Swan Valley Development Package.
The Government will commit to ongoing funding to support the Ellenbrook police station’s 24-7 operating hours, which began in July following an election promise.