Rail promise weighs heavy

Opposition Leader Mark McGowan launched a campaign in the Mirrabooka electorate claiming constituents were �hoodwinked, misled and lied to� by the State Government.

The Government project envisioned a 22km system from Mirrabooka to the Perth CBD with stops along Dianella Road, Alexander Drive and Edith Cowan University Mt Lawley campus.

Mr Nalder said the public was made aware of the delay in the light rail project. He said in 2013, former Treasurer and Transport Minister Troy Buswell announced a three-year delay in the project in response to the financial climate.

Mr Nalder said he used this time to ask the Department of Transport to consider interim or alternate proposals to ensure best use of the available funds, including a light rail or bus option.

�In the May 2015 Budget, the State Government announced a $40 million package to address the management of traffic across Perth�s road network to improve traffic flow and traveller information,� he said.

Mr McGowan said Perth�s congestion would be worse than Sydney.

�It is extraordinary and disturbing that Perth is going to be the congestion capital of Australia within a few decades,� he said.

According to the MAX Light Rail project website, the State Government is committed to delivering the project.

�The revised timeframe will see procurement commence from mid 2017, construction commencing in 2019, with first services running by late 2022,� the website says.