Yanchep rail step closer

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THE rail ex­ten­sion to Yanchep is a step closer af­ter the State Gov­ern­ment sub­mit­ted a busi­ness case for the project.

In­fra­struc­ture Aus­tralia is as­sess­ing the Metronet pro­posal to ex­tend the Joon­dalup rail line 13.8km to Yanchep by 2021, which will in­clude sta­tions at Alki­mos, Eglin­ton and Yanchep.

A Gov­ern­ment state­ment said a Metronet team was work­ing on de­tailed plans for the ex­ten­sion and would un­der­take com­pre­hen­sive land use plan­ning around the pro­posed sta­tions to in­clude ap­pro­pri­ate den­sity and a va­ri­ety of land uses, as well as iden­tify value cap­ture op­por­tu­ni­ties.

Premier Mark McGowan said the Metronet projects was “one of the most am­bi­tious pub­lic trans­port and plan­ning ini­tia­tives in WA his­tory” that would rev­o­lu­tionise travel in Perth.

While it re­quired sig­nif­i­cant plan­ning, leg­isla­tive changes and ap­provals, Trans­port Min­is­ter Rita Saf­fi­oti said the Gov­ern­ment wanted to be on the front foot.

“We are also keen to pro­vide op­por­tu­ni­ties for lo­cal busi­nesses with the ca­pa­bil­ity to help us plan and de­velop these projects, so they can be planned ef­fec­tively, de­liv­ered quickly and built well, in WA, for the ben­e­fit of our com­mu­nity,” she said.

It fol­lows Pearce MHR Chris­tian Porter and Moore MHR Ian Good­e­nough’s call for Fed­eral fund­ing for Mitchell Free­way’s ex­ten­sion to Romeo Road, Alki­mos.

The pre­vi­ous State Gov­ern­ment sub­mit­ted a busi­ness case for the project last Fe­bru­ary and Ms Saf­fi­oti said ear­lier this month that her gov­ern­ment had sent ini­tial ad­vice about it to In­fra­struc­ture Aus­tralia.

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