Millions on the line
ROADS, RAILS THE BIG WINNERS IN STATE BUDGET
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.