Federal Labor pledges $700 million to Ellenbrook rail line

Train services will be altered for almost two hours on Friday.
Train services will be altered for almost two hours on Friday.

FEDERAL Opposition leader Bill Shorten has pledged $700 million towards the construction of a Morley-Ellenbrook rail line should Labor get into power.

The project will be part of Federal Labor’s Fair Share for WA fund and will be undertaken in partnership with the State Government.

The new line will be part of the Perth Metronet and will connect north-eastern suburbs to world class public transport from Ellenbrook to the city, linking the major employment hubs of Malaga and Morley.

The rail project is part of the McGowan government’s major $2.5 billion Metronet project, which significantly expands the city’s rail network.

The federal government agreed to reallocate money from the now abandoned Perth Freight Link road project to Metronet and other transport projects this year despite previously say it could not be done.

WA Transport Minister Rita Saffioti says the Ellenbrook line will be running by 2022.

WA Opposition Leader Mike Nahan said this week the state government should scrap Metronet because of its budget woes, which included a $400 million shortfall after the Liberals blocked Labor’s proposed hike in gold royalties.

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