Millions on the line

ROADS, RAILS THE BIG WIN­NERS IN STATE BUD­GET

Wanneroo Times - - News - Laura Pond

ROADS and rail were the big win­ners in the north­ern sub­urbs from last week’s State Bud­get.

The State Govern­ment has de­liv­ered on key elec­tion prom­ises, with $441 mil­lion al­lo­cated over the next four years to ex­tend the Joon­dalup train line to Yanchep.

Sta­tions will be built at Yanchep, Alki­mos and Eglin­ton and will have bus in­ter­changes and park-and-ride fa­cil­i­ties.

The project was pre­vi­ously ex­pected to cost $386 mil­lion but is now listed as $520 mil­lion, with a fur­ther $79.4 mil­lion al­lo­cated for the project in 2021-22.

The Govern­ment will also spend $322 mil­lion over the next four years ac­quir­ing 102 rail­cars for its stage one Metronet projects.

Driv­ers will ben­e­fit from the nearly $115 mil­lion set aside for con­struc­tion of two over­passes along Wan­neroo Road over the next four years, $20 mil­lion more than what was promised.

The over­pass at Ocean Reef Road is set to cost $64.8 mil­lion, with $7 mil­lion spent so far, while $50 mil­lion is al­lo­cated for the Joon­dalup Drive in­ter­change in the next two years.

Work has also started on the $31 mil­lion dual car­riage­way on Wan­neroo Road from Joon­dalup to Flynn Drives, with fund­ing to con­tinue to 2018-19.

Trans­port Min­is­ter Rita Saf­fi­oti said the govern­ment was ad­dress­ing con­ges­tion is­sues in the north­ern sub­urbs.

Pearce MHR Chris­tian Porter said it was dis­ap­point­ing the for­ward es­ti­mates did not in­clude fund­ing to ex­tend the Mitchell Free­way to Romeo Road.

PREMIER Mark McGowan caught the train to Joon­dalup last Fri­day to spruik his govern­ment’s Bud­get spend­ing for the north­ern sub­urbs.

“We’re spend­ing nearly $800 mil­lion on road and rail ini­tia­tives in the north,” he said.

“This is all about bust­ing con­ges­tion and cre­at­ing jobs and putting in place long-term plan­ning for our sub­urbs.

“There will be a rail ex­ten­sion to Yanchep, sig­nif­i­cant im­prove­ments on Wan­neroo Road, Marmion Av­enue ex­ten­sion.

“Any­one who lives in the north will know that in the morn­ing the con­ges­tion is di­a­bol­i­cal and we want to im­prove that by putting in place bet­ter rail ac­cess and bet­ter roads to meet the needs of the peo­ple of the north.”

Wan­neroo MLA Sabine Win­ton, Trea­surer Ben Wy­att, Premier Mark McGowan, Kings­ley MLA Jes­sica Sto­jkovski, Trans­port Min­is­ter Rita Saf­fi­oti and Burns Beach MLA Mark Folkard.

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