RAIL and road infrastructure was the biggest winner for the eastern suburbs of Perth, with more than $1.8 billion allocated towards projects for the region.
The Morley to Ellenbrook rail line will receive $750 million to begin construction next year, with $21 million allocated by the State Government.
Transport Minister Rita Saffioti said this year’s Budget delivered on the Metronet vision.
“This Budget provides the biggest passenger rail investment in WA history and will transform Perth into the city we aspire it to be in the future – more sustainable, more connected and more vibrant,” she said.
“A number of job-creating projects are underway or about to get underway, and serious work is happening to get work started on the Morley-Ellenbrook Line by the end of 2019, with engineering and geotechnical investigations supporting the business case development.”
About $515 million will be allocated to the Forrestfield-Airport Link in 2018-19, $2.4 million towards the planning and pre-construction for upgrades to Toodyay Road and $17.2 toward upgrades to Great Eastern Highway.
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Great Northern Highway from Muchea to Wubin will be upgraded, with $347 million allocated to improve the safety.
Congestion on Reid Highway will be eased with $70 million allocated to the duplication between Altone Road and West Swan Road, while $86 million will go towards building a bridge at the intersection of Roe Highway and Kalamunda Road.
Fire safety in the Hills region will benefit from $80.3 million in funding for a dedicated Rural Fire Division, while Tourism WA will get a boost with $425 million allocated over the next five years.
The future of Landgate was not addressed in this year’s Budget, with Treasurer Ben Wyatt saying the government would continue to investigate the potential commercialisation of the activities for Landgate and would provide an update in the coming months.