THE Federal Government will provide significant funding for the Yanchep rail extension.
Pearce MHR Christian Porter said subject to positive assessments of the business cases through Infrastructure Australia, projects such as the Yanchep rail line extension would receive significant Federal funding.
“I’ve been working hard to get a better deal for WA on our GST return,” he said.
“Part of the compensation package I have helped develop in the Coalition’s 2017-18 Budget ensures we will fund 62 per cent of the rail line to Yanchep, subject to Infrastructure Australia approval of the business case.
“This is the critical funding that will make Yanchep rail a reality and the sooner the State Government can complete its business case, the sooner we can commence this important project.”
The MP’s comment followed the weekend announcement of a $2.3 billion agreement between the Federal and State governments to fund transport infrastructure projects.
Premier Mark McGowan said that agreement included $1.2 billion to deliver Metronet, including the extension of the Joondalup Line to Yanchep, which the State Government plans to start building in 2019 and finish by 2021.
Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull said that both governments had worked together to deliver the best possible outcome for WA.
“The State Government’s Metronet initiative fits in well with my government’s Smart Cities agenda, and we will continue to work with the Premier and his team to help make it happen,” he said.
The package includes widening Wanneroo Road to a dual carriageway between Joondalup Drive and Flynn Drive and interchanges on Wanneroo Road at the intersections with Joondalup Drive and Ocean Reef Road.
“As someone who knows first-hand how congested the Wanneroo Road and Joondalup Drive intersection can be I am pleased we are able to fund these vital infrastructure projects,” Mr Porter said.
“Anyone who uses Wanneroo Road or Joondalup Drive on their morning commute will know how beneficial these upgrades will be.”
The Yanchep resident commutes to his electorate office in Ellenbrook when not in Canberra.
The total $2.3 billion State-Federal Infrastructure package includes:
– $1.86 billion reallocated from the Perth Freight Link project (including $1.2 billion in federal funding)
– $211 million from savings on existing road projects (including $166 million in federal funding)
– $226 million from the latest GST top-up payment for WA