Perth Metronet: Labor says $2.5 billion will fund ‘public transport revolution’

Bill Shorten and Mark McGowan.
Bill Shorten and Mark McGowan.

WA Labor has estimated the cost of Perth’s next “public transport revolution”, the Metronet rail upgrades, at $2.5 billion.

State Labor leader Mark McGowan revealed the figure alongside Federal Labor Leader Bill Shorten, who was in Perth to announce his party would chip in $1 billion towards the project should they be elected.

The proposed Perth Freight Link would be scrapped should Mr Shorten win government.

Metronet, which will involve rail links to Yanchep, Ellenbrook and Byford as well as the Thornlie spur out to the Kwinana Freeway, had been estimated by some to cost in the range of $5 billion.

But that figure was shot down by Mr Shorten, and Mr McGowan said Metronet should cost “around $2.5 billion” and would create nearly 4000 jobs.

Mr McGowan described Metronet as a “congestion-busting public transport scheme” that will ensure the city could deal with its traffic congestion long term.

He said Perth Freight Link was a “waste of money” that would not solve traffic problems.

“I think it’s time now once again for a revolution in public transport – Metronet is that revolution,” Mr McGowan.

Mr Shorten said Labor was the only party with a plan to ease Perth’s congestion.

“We need to see real jobs to see the community transition from the peak of the mining boom to a post-mining boom state economy,” Mr Shorten said.

“Everyone knows congestion is increasing in Perth.

“Only Labor has a plan to put the public transport needs of Perth first.”