McGowan slams Perth Transport Plan as ‘bunch of lines on a map’

Mark McGowan with West Swan MLA and Rita Saffioti.
Mark McGowan with West Swan MLA and Rita Saffioti.

WA LABOR has slammed State Transport Minister Dean Nalder and the Liberal Party after the Perth Transport Plan for 3.5 million People and Beyond was revealed this morning.

The plan includes future bus networks, rail links, roads and cycle path projects to combat the city’s estimated population growth of 1.4 million by 2050, but failed to prioritise a train line to Ellenbrook.

Opposition Leader Mark McGowan described the plan as “a bunch of lines on a map”.

“The Liberals had lost the trust of the community after their record of big broken transport promises, including the Ellenbrook Rail Line and Max Light Rail,” he said.

“With no plan to build the Ellenbrook line until after 2050, the pressure on the northern suburbs line looks set to get even worse.”

Opposition Transport spokeswoman Rita Saffioti told The Advocate the plan was a major disappointment for residents of the northeastern corridor.

“Under the Liberal Party’s proposal, there will be no rail line til after 2050,” she said.

“It is a crazy scenario that they believe a rail line would not be justified.

“They also said they would put a rail line that stops at Marshall and Beechboro roads, 9km from the Ellenbrook city centre.

“They are blind to the transport needs of Ellenbrook, Brabham, Dayton, Caversham and Bennett Springs.”

Swan Hills MLA Frank Alban said the plan would benefit people living in the Swan Hills well into the future.

“(The plan) proposes key new infrastructure projects and initiatives for people living in the Swan Hills and surrounding areas,” he said.

“This includes the Bus Rapid Transit – connecting Midland, Morley, Bassendean – and the new Marshall Road Station on East Wanneroo Rail line; a Gnangara Road high frequency bus service; walking and cycling paths from Fremantle to Brigadoon and Gosnells, and a train from Perth to ECU Mt Lawley then to Morley and onto Marshall Rd Station through East Wanneroo, then connecting to the Joondalup line.”

Ms Saffioti said the Government had failed in their responsibility to provide adequate transport options when a suburb grows.

“No costings have been done,” she said.

“They’ve had all the resources to undertake proper analysis after being in government for eight years, and it’s not good enough to just put lines on a map.”