State Budget 2017: Pearce MHR Porter calls out State Govt over ‘broken promises’ on Ellenbrook rail

State Budget 2017: Pearce MHR Porter calls out State Govt over ‘broken promises’ on Ellenbrook rail

FEDERAL Liberal MP Christian Porter has spoken out about the recent State Budget, which he called “nothing but broken promises”.

Mr Porter said people in Ellenbrook, Aveley and The Vines would be left disadvantaged as a result of the Budget.

He said Labor promised construction on the Ellenbrook rail line would commence in 2019 and would be completed by 2022.

“WA Labor has not allocated a single dollar in their State Budget to building the train line to Ellenbrook,” he said.

“For the next four years the only funding allocated is a pitiful amount to look at future planning options for the rail line.”

Transport in Ellenbrook appeared a priority in the 2017-18 State Budget, with the Government allocating more than $140 million into transport construction and infrastructure.

The Lord Street duplication project, which incorporates the earthworks for the Ellenbrook rail line and preliminary works at the train station site received $49 million, while $20 million was committed towards the detailed planning of the Morley to Ellenbrook line.

A pre-election promise to ease congestion and commute times for people living in Ellenbrook and surrounds was cemented, with $70 million allocated to the Reid Highway dual carriageway between Altone Road and West Swan Road.

Transport Minister Rita Saffioti said the Budget had shown the government was committed to delivering on election promises for people in Ellenbrook and the Swan Valley.

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