14 May 2018

 Member for Cannington Bill Johnston today announced funding for planning for the removal of the Wharf Street Level Crossing
 The Level Crossing will be removed within six years, in line with Labor’s election commitment.

The Wharf Street Level Crossing is the single worst cause of congestion in Cannington.

Between 8am and 9am on weekdays, the boom gate is down for 50% of the time, creating traffic chaos on Wharf Street, Railway Parade and Sevenoaks Street.

Before the 2017 Election, Bill Johnston and WA Labor committed to removing the level crossing within six years. Today’s announcement is proof that we are delivering.

The Metronet Taskforce will use a share of $35 Million allocated in the State Budget to investigate options for the removal of the Wharf Street Level Crossing.

The removal forms part of METRONET- the biggest passenger rail investment in WA history. METRONET will transform Perth and create thousands of new jobs for Western Australians.

Mr Johnston was joined by a number of community members for today’s announcement, including Elmi Ali, who can be reached for comment on 0413 922 014.

Comments by Bill Johnston MLA, Member for Cannington:

“The McGowan Labor Government is delivering on our promise to fix the Wharf Street Level Crossing

“The Wharf Street Level Crossing simply doesn’t work in the mornings, which iswhy I’m thrilled that the planning for its removal is well underway, in keeping with my
commitment before the 2017 Election.
“Removing the Wharf Street Level Crossing is a complex procedure because of the environment around it. The proximity of the Cannington Leisureplex, residential housing and a high water table all play a part.

“It’s important that this planning is done properly and thoroughly to ensure we find a solution
that works for the long term.

“Metronet will make Perth the city we want to be – more sustainable, more connected and more vibrant.

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