Western Suburbs Weekly - - Front Page - By JON BAS­SETT

STATE Bud­get pa­pers show the State Govern­ment is pay­ing for most of a pro­posed $49 mil­lion fast bus ser­vice near El­len­brook with $ 40 mil­lion planned for the long-de­layed widen­ing of Curtin Av­enue.

“Main Roads has re­al­lo­cated $48 mil­lion of ex­pen­di­ture to the Ellen- brook Bus Rapid Bus Tran­sit project in 2016-17 and 2017-18, with $8 mil­lion re­al­lo­cated from op­er­at­ing ex­pen­di­ture and $40 mil­lion from the Curtin re­align­ment project,” the May 12 Bud­get’s Eco­nomic and Fis­cal Out­look said.

The re­main­ing $1 mil­lion was from undis­closed “third par­ties”. The new 9km cheaper bus route to El­len­brook re­places a $ 1.8 bil­lion railway promised by the Govern­ment and the Op­po­si­tion in 2008.

On Curtin Av­enue, deal­ing with ris­ing con­ges­tion, dan­ger­ous railway cross­ings and stalled tran­sit-ori­en­tated de­vel­op­ment has been planned, then de­layed, re­peat­edly since the 1990s Serve­tus Street cut­ting, where the av­enue joins in Swan­bourne.

How­ever, in 2013, Mr Bar­nett an­nounced $40 mil­lion to re­align about 1km of the av­enue into the for­mer Leighton Mar­shalling Yards, North Fre­man­tle by 2016 but this was de­layed un­til 2019 in a sub­se­quent mid-year eco­nomic re­view, be­fore the 2015-16 Bud­get al­lo­cated $5 mil­lion for 2016-17, $20 mil­lion in 201718 and $15 mil­lion in 2018-19.

No Curtin Av­enue fund­ing ap­peared to be in the 2016-17 State Bud­get.

Cottes­loe Coun­cil has been work­ing with Main Roads to fix the av­enue’s dan­ger­ous Vic­to­ria, Sal­vado and Jar­rad streets level cross­ings and Mayor Jo Dawkins said it was dis­ap­point­ing ve­hi­cle and pedes­trian safety had “again taken a back seat”.

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