AN opening date for the Aubin Grove Train Station was revealed last week, but the announcement brought with it news that $5 million had been added to the project’s bottom line.
Jandakot MLA Joe Francis said in a statement the new facility, constructed on the Mandurah line about 3.5km south of Cockburn Central, would open on April 23.
With more than 3900 daily boardings expected, Mr Francis was confident it would help ease the daily scramble for parking at Cockburn Central.
The new station, which is part of a package that includes the widening of the Russell Road bridge and new trains, will have 2000 parking bays, bike facilities, bus feeder services, a kiosk, toilets, lifts, stairs and escalators.
Mr Francis’s statement said the combined cost of the road and rail project was $125m, which was up on the $120m former Transport Minister Dean Nalder said it would cost last April.
The $120m itself was a “revised” figure, which Mr Nalder attributed to the State Government “delivering a station and transport precinct that far exceeds what was originally proposed”.
News of the opening date followed another transport announcement, with WA Labor to investigate linking Armadale and Cockburn with light rail if it wins the State Election.
Labor Leader Mark McGowan recently pledged to scrap the $1.9 billion Perth Freight Link should his party win in March. He said funds would be redirected to other projects, including bringing forward the dual carriageway project for Armadale Road between Anstey and Tapper roads.
He said the dual carriageway project included a public transit corridor.
“Connecting local residents to key employment hubs is important and light rail could be the best method,” he said.
He said the project, if feasible, would form part of Metronet’s second stage.
Cockburn MLA Fran Logan said light rail would be integral to people in suburbs along Armadale Road. But he said the Armadale Road flyover bridge was also exciting, with Cockburn Gateway unwilling to expand until it was complete.