Yanchep rail wins sup­port

Wanneroo Weekender - - News -

IN­FRA­STRUC­TURE Aus­tralia has en­dorsed Fed­eral fund­ing of $700 mil­lion for Metronet projects to build the Thorn­lie-Cock­burn link and Yanchep rail ex­ten­sion.

Act­ing chief ex­ec­u­tive Anna Chau said the Metronet pro­gram of rail projects was de­signed to ad­dress the prob­lem of ca­pac­ity con­straints on Perth’s rail net­work, pre­vi­ously high­lighted on the In­fra­struc­ture Pri­or­ity List as an ini­tia­tive re­quir­ing ac­tion in the short term.

Ms Chau said In­fra­struc­ture Aus­tralia had iden­ti­fied grow­ing ur­ban con­ges­tion in Perth as a na­tion­ally sig­nif­i­cant prob­lem, driven in part by lim­ited pub­lic trans­port op­tions and a ten­dency to­wards low-den­sity de­vel­op­ment which had led to high car use.

“As part of the over­all pro­gram, the Yanchep rail ex­ten­sion and Thorn­lie Cock­burn link will en­able more peo­ple to use pub­lic trans­port and re­duce pres­sure on the road net­work,” she said.

“Perth’s pop­u­la­tion has grown strongly over the past 20 years and is ex­pected to in­crease from 2 mil­lion peo­ple in 2017 to 2.9 mil­lion peo­ple by 2031 and 3.5 mil­lion peo­ple by 2050.

“Cre­at­ing more in­te­grated trans­port net­works will be es­sen­tial to guard against con­ges­tion and over­crowd­ing. Con­ges­tion on the Mitchell Free­way means that jour­neys on this road can take twice as long as they should, with cars trav­el­ling at an av­er­age of 50km/h in the morn­ing peak when the speed limit is 100km/h.

“The Yanchep rail ex­ten­sion in­volves ex­tend­ing the Joon­dalup line from But­ler sta­tion to Yanchep, with new sta­tions planned for Alki­mos, Eglin­ton and Yanchep.”

The Fed­eral Gov­ern­ment’s con­tri­bu­tion will join the State Gov­ern­ment’s com­mit­ment of $356 mil­lion for the two projects, which will be de­liv­ered un­der a sin­gle al­liance con­tract.

Pearce MHR Chris­tian Porter said the Yanchep Rail ex­ten­sion project would ex­tend the Joon­dalup line 14.5km.

“The project is ex­pected to stim­u­late new em­ploy­ment op­por­tu­ni­ties in the Yanchep area, ad­dress road con­ges­tion through en­hanced con­nec­tions and sup­port fu­ture sus­tain­able land use plan­ning,” he said,

“More than 3000 jobs are ex­pected to be cre­ated.”

Both rail ex­ten­sions are now en­shrined in law after State Par­lia­ment passed en­abling leg­is­la­tion this month. Trans­port Min­is­ter Rita Saf­fi­oti said the State Gov­ern­ment had worked with In­fra­struc­ture Aus­tralia to ad­dress their as­sess­ment cri­te­ria.

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