WA Fighting For Fair Share of National Rail Program
The McGowan Government will be fighting for Western Australia to get its fair share of the $10 billion National Rail Program funding announced in the Federal Budget on May 9.
At the last election, the people of Western Australia gave a clear mandate for the construction of METRONET to service Perth’s growing suburbs and deliver thousands of new jobs.
The Federal Government recently agreed to reallocate some of the existing funding from the Perth Freight Link project for METRONET projects.
The McGowan Government will fight for funding from the National Rail Program to fund METRONET projects, including:
- The commencement of the Circle Line, linking Thornlie to Cockburn;
- Extension of the Joondalup Line to Yanchep;
- The new Morley-Ellenbrook Line;
- Extension of the Armadale Line to Byford; and
- The removal of dangerous level crossings.
Transport Minister Rita Saffioti has also outlined improvements to the Australind train service and funding for automatic train control would be raised as National Rail Program priorities. She said, “Now that the Federal Government has realised the importance of trains and public transport, it is time they get behind Western Australia’s plan for METRONET, a transformational project that will revitalise parts of the city and create better connections to jobs, education and essential services. It’s time WA got its fair share of infrastructure, we have the projects and they deserve funding – it’s time for the Federal Government to take Western Australia seriously.”