SOUTH Perth MLA John McGrath has called on the State Government to put South Perth train station back on the agenda.
Mr McGrath said it was time for a train station at Richardson Park with the increased activity, including the upgraded Mends Street strip, the South Perth foreshore and 650,000 annual visitors to Perth Zoo.
He said the 2002 South Perth Station Concept Design Report said the low user numbers estimated for the station was insufficient to justify the project at the time.
“It was acknowledged that if the picture of substantial growth could be presented as an inevitable and real phenomenon for the precinct, there was justification for setting up the proposed infrastructure to meet this need in the long term,” he said.
“I say that time has now come.”
Mr McGrath said funds were available in the 2007-08 Budget for detailed planning and design of the South Perth station in 2010-11.
“However, in more recent times the project has been put on hold pending densification in terms of residential and commercial development,” he said.
Transport Minister Rita Saffioti said she had met the City of South Perth about the station.
“We are working hard on delivering the range of Metronet election commitments,” she said.
“While I would love to devote the resources at this time to develop the plan and identify funding for the proposal, it is simply not possible at this stage.”