State Budget 2017: Funding for Ellenbrook train line construction pushed back

A bird’s eye view of Ellenbrook taken last year.
A bird’s eye view of Ellenbrook taken last year.

ELLENBROOK has missed out on funding for construction of a rail line in the State Budget today – but it’s not all bad news.

The State Government will spend $22.1 million in 2017-18 and 2018-19 for planning for the Morley to Ellenbrook rail line, as well as the Armadale line extension to Byford.

The budget papers said funding for constructing the projects would be included in future budgets.

But Forrestfield commuters can expect completion of a station in the suburb by 2020 as part of the Forrestfield-Airport Link, which was started by the previous State Government.

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This includes stations at Belmont and Perth Airport, with $1.4 million allocated to the project over the next four years.

The Government will undertake planning and develop a business case for extending the Midland train line to Bellevue, with funding set aside to purchase land in for the future station.

It has followed through on its promise for an overpass at the intersection of Kalamunda Road and Roe Highway in High Wycombe, with $86 million to be delivered over the next four years.

Schools in the region have received a boost, with $10 million to the Darling Range Sports College for new and upgraded facilities delivered over 2018-19 to 2020-21.

There will be new primary schools built in Caversham South ($15.6 million in 2018-19 and 2019-20) and Brabham ($15.6 million in 2018-19 to 2020-21), as well as funds to Caversham Primary School for an undercover area.