WA State Budget 2018: more than $500m to be spent to extend Thornlie rail line to Cockburn

$535.8 million will be spent on extending the Thornlie rail line to Cockburn, $110 million of which will be spent over the next year with a view to start construction in 2019.
$535.8 million will be spent on extending the Thornlie rail line to Cockburn, $110 million of which will be spent over the next year with a view to start construction in 2019.

TRANSPORT was the big winner in the cities of Canning, Armadale, Gosnells and Shire of Serpentine Jarrahdale in today’s 2018-19 WA Stage Budget.

The State Government’s Metronet project, including the Thornlie train line extension, received $3.6 billion in funding altogether.

About $535.8 million will be spent on extending the Thornlie rail line to Cockburn, $110 million of which will be spent over the next year with a view to start construction in 2019.

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The cost includes the completion of the Nicholson Road and Ranford Road stations in Canning Vale, which will feature park and ride facilities and bus interchanges.

The budget also allocated an additional $20.2 million towards planned rail projects such as the Byford Rail Extension, which included $12.1 million over the next year.

The Government also allocated $69 million to remove the dangerous level crossing at Denny Avenue in Kelmscott, while the removal of the level crossing on Wharf Street in Queen’s Park was allocated part of an estimated $35 million.

Funding has been allocated for the planned new primary school in Byford’s south east, with $17.5 million promised in the lead up to its 2020 opening.

Planned upgrades at Southern River College have also been accounted for, with the high school to receive $5 million over the year and an additional $2.9 million proposed for the following year.

Meanwhile, the Metropolitan Redevelopment Authority will invest almost $13 million into the Wungong Urban Project over the next year to support planning, development and private investment.

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