Metronet fo­rum draws a crowd

The Advocate (Perth) - - FRONT PAGE -

MORE than 150 res­i­dents at­tended a com­mu­nity in­for­ma­tion ses­sion on the Metronet Mor­ley-Ellenbrook train line last Thurs­day night.

The ses­sion, led by Trans­port Min­is­ter Rita Saf­fi­oti and Swan Hills MP Jes­sica Shaw, dis­cussed the re­sults of a re­cent sur­vey on the pro­ject.

Al­most 2000 res­i­dents pro­vided feed­back about the train line via the sur­vey, which asked ques­tions about travel habits and fu­ture trans­port needs.

The sur­vey re­vealed a high de­pen­dency on car travel, which if left un­ad­dressed, would lead to un­sus­tain­able con­ges­tion. Ms Saf­fi­oti said it was clear from the in­for­ma­tion ses­sion and sur­vey re­sults that res­i­dents were ex­cited about the pro­ject.

“It is the first of many con­sul­ta­tions we will be hav­ing as this trans­for­ma­tive Metronet pro­ject con­tin­ues to de­velop,” she said. “Start­ing con­sul­ta­tion at this early stage in this pro­ject will en­sure we end up with a pro­ject that the whole com­mu­nity will value and ben­e­fit from for many decades to come.”

Plan­ning for the Mor­ley-Ellenbrook line has be­gun, with the align­ment and fu­ture sta­tion lo­ca­tions cur­rently be­ing ex­am­ined.

Ms Shaw said bring­ing the train to Ellenbrook would help grow the re­gion.

“I’m so ex­cited to see con­sul­ta­tion com­mence on our rail line and to fi­nally see the train is com­ing to Ellenbrook,” she said.

“We have to make sure this pro­ject de­liv­ers for the com­mu­nity with lo­cal jobs and the fa­cil­i­ties we need; that’s why con­sul­ta­tion is so im­por­tant.”

Trans­port Min­is­ter Rita Saf­fi­oti reck­ons res­i­dents are ex­cited about Metronet.

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