McGowan: Yanchep rail to “make life easier”

Mark McGowan speaks during his visit to Madeley.Picture: Martin Kennealey        www.communitypix.com.au   d443046
Mark McGowan speaks during his visit to Madeley.Picture: Martin Kennealey        www.communitypix.com.au d443046

STATE Opposition leader Mark McGowan used a northern suburbs visit last week to promote a proposal for rail to Yanchep.

Mr McGowan, who was in Madeley on September 1, said extending the Joondalup line to Yanchep was one of the first priorities for Metronet.

“There is no doubt that the Yanchep extension is needed,” he said.

“It will connect local families to destinations across and around the metropolitan area.

“Better planning now will make life so much easier for the community in the future.”

Opposition transport spokeswoman Rita Saffioti said the Yanchep extension was a key priority, but could not say when Labor would deliver the project.

“The timetable for delivery will be announced closer to the next election, which is 18 months away,” she said.

“The Metronet Yanchep extension currently includes three stations near Eglinton, Alkimos and Yanchep.

“WA Labor and (Butler MLA) John Quigley will work in consultation with the local residents and the City of Wanneroo to determine the precise locations and examine what else can be done to ensure we activate the land surrounding the station.

“For example, further analysis will be completed to determine if they could become the heart of a Metrohub under Labor’s plan to create vibrant and sustainable communities.”

A Labor statement said the population of Yanchep, Alkimos and Eglinton was expected to reach more than 43,600 people by 2026.

It said the State Government had originally promised to complete the rail extension by 2020, but that project was no longer on the agenda.

Transport Minister Dean Nalder has previously said the current focus was on building the Mitchell Freeway extension to relieve congestion.

Premier Colin Barnett and State Ministers met in Wanneroo yesterday for a Cabinet meeting, followed by a series of announcements in the northern suburbs.