City of South Perth wants train station in next 10 years

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THE City of South Perth has put forward a plan for a train station to be built in South Perth in the next 10 years as part of its submission to a major transport plan.

The business case builds upon the council’s 2010 recommendation for a train station in South Perth and was submitted as part of the Department of Transport’s draft Transport @ 3.5 Million: Perth Transport Plan.

City of South Perth Mayor Sue Doherty concedes it was disappointing that the train station was not included in the draft.

“The City has been in consultation with the State Government and relevant Ministers for Transport and Planning for many years in relation to the proposed construction of the South Perth Train Station,” she said.

“Council believes the updated South Perth Train Station Business Case will provide sufficient compelling evidence to convince the state government to commit funding for a train station in South Perth.”

Ms Doherty said the station had been promised by successive State Governments since 2002 but was yet to be delivered.

“The time has come for the current government to meet its commitment, reinstate costings for the South Perth Train Station and include them in the forward estimates,” she said.

Ms Doherty said there was a compelling case for the State Government to build the train station.

“Given the residential apartments, and commercial and retail projects already under construction in the South Perth Station Precinct, this assessment shows that the South Perth Train Station could achieve boardings of some 4365 to 5447 people per day by 2026,” she said.

“The train station would not only serve local residents commuting to and from the City, but also act as a destination station for workers, students, visitors and tourists.

“In addition, it would service special large-scale events in the City such as Australia Day celebrations and act as a transfer station between rail and bus networks.”