Trans­port re­lief in sight for Ellenbrook commuters

Kalamunda Reporter - - News -

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.

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