Swan Hills Labor candidate again calls on State Govt to build rail to Ellenbrook

Residents Richard Palmer, Labor candidate Jessica Young, Jessica Shaw, Gavan Troy, Shayna Nichols and Gunther Robl.
Residents Richard Palmer, Labor candidate Jessica Young, Jessica Shaw, Gavan Troy, Shayna Nichols and Gunther Robl.

WA LABOR candidate for Swan Hills Jessica Shaw has again called on the State Government to build a train line to Ellenbrook soon, as March’s State election draws closer.

Ms Shaw lodged a submission on behalf of Ellenbrook residents to Transport Minister Bill Marmion on Friday, rejecting the Liberal Government’s plan to defer rail construction to the northeastern suburbs until after 2050.

“With this most recent ‘Transport @ 3.5 million’ plan, the Government remains true to form and has again failed to adequately provide for Ellenbrook’s transport needs,” Ms Shaw said.

“Instead of the rail solution that Colin Barnett promised to the people of Ellenbrook eight years ago, this plan offers a 9km bus lane to Marshall Road, with a vague promise of rail when the population reaches 3.5 million – not projected until some time after 2050.”

Mr Marmion said The Perth Transport Plan was designed to ensure Perth’s bus network, rail links, roads and cycle ways grew in order to cater for a population of 3.5 million people and beyond.

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“Planning for transport options to accommodate an additional 1.4 million people will help maintain Perth’s status as one of the most liveable cities in the world,” he said.

Ms Shaw said she had contacted more than 1200 residents and a train line after 2050 was just not good enough.

“I am out in the community every day talking to residents and they are deeply unhappy with this proposal,” she said.

“The people of Ellenbrook need a train line as soon as possible. An Ellenbrook train line will ease congestion and reduce the lengthy commutes people face getting to work, school and medical appointments every day.”

Mr Marmion said the Liberal State Government had received ideas and feedback from a number of stakeholders regarding future traffic solutions, as part of an ongoing comprehensive consultation process with public and stakeholder feedback on the plan, which closed on Friday.