Lack of funds hampers plans for new Midland train station

Dean Nalder in Midland last Tuesday.Picture: David Baylis       d446646
Dean Nalder in Midland last Tuesday.Picture: David Baylis       d446646

TRANSPORT Minister Dean Nalder said he wants to build a new Midland train station “as soon as possible” but is limited by funding .

The City of Swan is eager to see the station relocated further east to offer better access to the hospital, shopping precinct and tie it in with plans to make Cale Street the main drag of Midland.

The big hitch is the project has yet to receive a funding commitment from the State Government, even in the forward estimates.

Mr Nalder said the project would likely be in the next budget or two but he was “exploring different ways of trying to bring it forward”.

“I don’t believe the current Midland station is of a standard we can be proud of so we would like to see that train station upgraded,” he said.

“There are discussions that we should relocate it closer so it’s between the hospital and shopping centre — that planning is underway but it then has to come into a budgetary process.”

“It’s like a lot of projects across Western Australia; there’s a lot I’d like to do but I’m limited in my ability to fund them.”

Swan Deputy Mayor David Lucas said the station’s relocation was a lobbying priority. “We want to make sure the station is closer to the hospital,” he said.