WA Labor reconfirms commitment to send rail to Yanchep

Butler MLA John Quigley, WA Labor Leader Mark McGowan and City of Wanneroo Mayor Tracey Roberts.
Butler MLA John Quigley, WA Labor Leader Mark McGowan and City of Wanneroo Mayor Tracey Roberts.

WA Labor politicians visited Butler today to confirm their commitment to extend the rail line to Yanchep.

Building up steam for the March 2017 State Election, Opposition Leader Mark McGowan met Butler MLA John Quigley at Butler Station this morning to outline his party’s transport priorities.

Mr Quigley said if elected in March, Labor would cancel the Perth Freight Link, freeing up $1.5 billion.

“That money goes into rail built entirely in our first term,” he said.

“There are three priority lines; top priority is Yanchep at $350 million (then) Ellenbrook $350 million (and) Thornlie to Cockburn Central at $350 million.”

Mr Quigley said while the Liberal Party had “put the Yanchep rail extension on the backburner”, Labor’s proposal would see the Yanchep line completed in 2020-21.

Although Yanchep Beach Joint Venture has offered to partly fund the rail extension to Yanchep, it is conditional on Alkimos and Eglinton developers contributing as well, or there being no stations in either suburb for five years.

“I’m not going to go to the election promoting a rail where Yanchep gets a station and Alkimos doesn’t,” Mr Quigley said.