Poll shows support for train station in South perth

$535.8 million will be spent on extending the Thornlie rail line to Cockburn, $110 million of which will be spent over the next year with a view to start construction in 2019.
$535.8 million will be spent on extending the Thornlie rail line to Cockburn, $110 million of which will be spent over the next year with a view to start construction in 2019.

THE City of South Perth has called on the State Government to commit funds for a train station in South Perth after a ReachTEL poll showed community support.

Of the 762 local residents surveyed in South Perth, Como and Kensington, 68.5 per cent were in favour of the train station while 16.4 per cent were opposed to it and 15.1 per cent were undecided.

Residents were also asked how often they would use the train station, with 9.4 per cent saying they would use it most days, 21 per cent would use it once per week, 31 per cent would use it once a month, 19.9 per cent would use it once per year and 19.1 per cent said they would never use it.

City of South Perth Mayor Sue Doherty said she believed residents were concerned about the lack of adequate public transport services in the South Perth Station Precinct and the impact increased development would have on traffic congestion.

“With the Planning Minister’s recent changes to Amendment No. 46, development within the South Perth Station Precinct will only continue to intensify, yet no provision has been made to accommodate the transport needs of the increasing population,” she said.

“The Minister’s modifications make it even more difficult for the City to accurately and holistically plan for infrastructure, parking, traffic and transport as we simply cannot predict the scale of future developments.

“The 2011 South Perth Train Station Precinct Plan assumed a total resident population of around 1700, in the Precinct and by June 2016, there were already over 2000 people living in the greater area.”

With the number of developments scheduled for construction over the coming years, these numbers will continue to rise rapidly, Ms Doherty said.