WA Labor says first trains will arrive in Yanchep in 2021 if elected

WA Labor says first trains will arrive in Yanchep in 2021 if elected
WA Labor says first trains will arrive in Yanchep in 2021 if elected

THE first trains could arrive in Yanchep in 2021 if Labor wins the State Election, while the Liberal party has not confirmed dates yet.

In Joondalup today, Opposition Leader Mark McGowan said if elected, the northern rail extension would be included in Metronet with work to start in 2019 and finish in 2021.

According to his statement, the $386 million project would create 1374 jobs and include 500-1000 car bays at each of the three new stations – Alkimos, Eglinton and Yanchep – along the 13km route.

“The extension of the Joondalup Line is the centrepiece of our northern suburbs plan, which will deliver road, rail and better bus services to tackle congestion and create jobs,” Mr McGowan said.

Butler MLA John Quigley welcomed his party’s election commitment.

“This will unlock the massive development of Yanchep city centre and eventually create up to 50,000 jobs in the Yanchep city centre, hospital and university precinct,” he said.

Mr Quigley said delivering the rail extension would increase the value of homes in the area and benefit future generations.

“All those children in those suburbs are landlocked on the weekends because of the paucity of public transport,” he said.

“(With the rail extension) young children will be able to go to movies in town, go to the football and go to Fremantle.”

Responding to questions from the Weekender, the Transport Minister’s office said the Transport @ 3.5 Million Plan listed several projects, including a rail extension of the existing Joondalup rail line from Butler to Yanchep.

“The Transport @ 3.5 Million Plan outlines this rail extension being required by a population of 2.7 million people (in Perth),” the response said.

“The Liberal-National Government has also delivered significant transport infrastructure across the Perth metropolitan area, including the northern suburbs.”

Projects listed included widening Wanneroo Road from Flynn Drive to Joondalup Drive intersection ($30 million), grade separation of Wanneroo Road and Ocean Reef Drive ($25 million) and the Mitchell Freeway extension from Burns Beach Road to Hester Avenue ($236 million).

The Minister’s office also highlighted the recently completed Edgewater train station multi-storey carpark ($26 million).

City of Wanneroo Mayor Tracey Roberts said she and chief executive Daniel Simms met with representatives from both parties, outlining the “desperate need” for the infrastructure ‘asks’ to help them make funding decisions.

“Connect Wanneroo is a local campaign calling for rail to Yanchep and the Mitchell Freeway extension to Romeo Road in Alkimos, ultimately extending to Yanchep,” she said.

“These are essential community projects. With the appropriate infrastructure in place, investment and local jobs will follow which will benefit all of our residents.

“The Labor and Liberal parties have both commented publicly about the need for rail to Yanchep, however the Connect Wanneroo campaign seeks commitment by the incoming government for a firm timeframe and budget for work to start in the next term of government.

“To date, community support for the campaign has generated some 31,372 emails and more than 4250 postcards to our state politicians.”

According to the Labor statement, the population between Jindalee and Two Rocks is expected to grow to 56,000 by 2020.

It said its “congestion busting” plan for the northern suburbs would include improving bus connectivity with train services and addressing congestion on Wanneroo Road, Ocean Reef Road and Joondalup Drive with two overpasses.

It would also build a dual carriageway on Wanneroo Road between Joondalup and Flynn drives.