WA Budget 2017: $441m commitment to make Yanchep rail line a reality

Labor plans to extend the northern rail line to Yanchep. File picture.
Labor plans to extend the northern rail line to Yanchep. File picture.

RAIL to Yanchep will become a reality after the State Government unveiled nearly $441 million in funding for the project in today’s budget.

The Joondalup rail line extension was a key election promise made by the Government and includes construction of stations at Yanchep, Eglinton and Alkimos, which will feature bus interchanges and park and ride facilities.

The project is expected to cost $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 to cater for its stage one Metronet projects.

It has listed $1.3 billion for Metronet projects until 2021, with $776 million of Federal funding reallocated from the former Perth Freight Link project.

Drivers will benefit from the nearly $115 million set aside for construction of two overpasses along Wanneroo Road over the next four years.

The Government had previously promised $95 million for the overpasses at Ocean Reef Road and Joondalup Drive, with $7 million spent on the former so far and an additional $57.8 million to be expended.

Schools in the region have received a boost but lower than what was promised, with $5 million each for performing arts centres at Belridge Secondary College and Ocean Reef Senior High School, which were previously promised $7 million each, as well as $5 million for upgrades to Wanneroo Secondary College as committed.

There will also be new schools delivered in east Banksia Grove ($15.6 million from 2018-19 to 2020-21), Yanchep ($15 million in 2019-20 and 2020-21) and Burns Beach ($7 million in 2020-21 but $15.6 million total estimated cost).

Upgrades will be made at Beaumaris, Currambine, Kinross and Tapping primary schools.

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