Labor to revive Metronet

State Opposition Leader Mark McGowan and Opposition transport spokeswoman Rita Saffioti  at Morley Bus Station.  Picture: David Baylis        www.communitypix.com.au   d443216
State Opposition Leader Mark McGowan and Opposition transport spokeswoman Rita Saffioti at Morley Bus Station. Picture: David Baylis        www.communitypix.com.au d443216

COMMUNITY members will be consulted about a rail link to Morley as part of the re-promised Metronet.

Opposition leader Mark McGowan last week announced the pledge to spend $2.5 billion building rail to Morley, Ellenbrook, Yanchep and Byford, complete the airport line to Forrestfield, and commence circle routes.

The Labor party announced a similar rail system three years ago costed at $3.8 billion.

Mr McGowan told the Eastern Reporter measures would be taken to ensure the community had its say this time.

“We will put out press releases and we have got a website in which people can put their feedback and we will talk to the local council; all of those sorts of things will enable us to consult with people on routes and station locations,” he said.

“We will do that over the next year or so.”

He said it was clear the region required its own rail line.

“We know that the population continues to grow and demand for a north-east corridor rail line is there and so connecting both Morley and Ellenbrook and Ballajura communities in between is very important,” he said.

The State Liberal party has criticised Metronet, with Premier Colin Barnett reportedly saying it was “simply a list of rail projects that have been on various governments’ agendas for years.”

It was also reported Transport Minister Dean Nalder said Mr McGowan was “dreaming” if he thought it could complete it for that price.

Mr McGowan responded to the criticism.

“It is a major point of difference between the WA Labor team and the Liberals; we support a rail line to Morley and Ellenbrook and the Liberal party doesn’t, it is clear as day,” he said.

Opposition transport spokeswoman Rita Saffioti said a train line to Morley would help transform the area into a “vibrant metro hub.”