Rail north makes sense: MLA

An extension of the northern rail line from Butler would have benefits, a local MP says.
An extension of the northern rail line from Butler would have benefits, a local MP says.

Butler MLA John Quigley argued for the immediate rail extension in State Parliament on September 24 during a debate about traffic congestion.

Mr Quigley said suburbs such as Yanchep, Alkimos, Jindalee and Eglinton were ‘exploding’ with development.

‘There is a massive congestion problem up there, with only two single-lane roads out of those suburbs ” the single-lane down Wanneroo Road or the single-lane down Marmion Avenue,’ he said.

‘Traffic jams are created from 7am with people from all these suburbs feeding into one lane. During peak traffic time, it takes over an hour for people to drive from Yanchep (to Perth).’

Mr Quigley said state entity LandCorp owned much of the land between Butler and Yanchep, and land sales would improve with rail infrastructure in place.

‘Completing the 11km to Yanchep now will deliver bit economic benefit to the state,’ he said. ‘It will really increase the dividend of LandCorp and pool that money back into Treasury’s coffer.’

The MP said Yanchep had the potential to be an employment hub and once realised, that would reduce congestion.

‘It is forecast that Yanchep city will be a bigger commercial centre than Joondalup; it will provide more employment than Joondalup,’ he said.

‘It will switch the traffic flow because rather than every single resident having to travel south for employment, there will be an employment magnet to the north.’

Highlighting the general lack of facilities in the northern corridor, Mr Quigley said there were also social benefits to providing the rail to Yanchep.

‘We need public transport up there so that young people can get further down to the south, where there are movie theatres and different activities to engage them,’ he said.

With the opening of Butler rail extension, Transport Minister Dean Nalder said his focus was on extending the Mitchell Freeway to Hester Avenue.