WA Labor promise train station at Karnup

WA Labor will build a new train station at Karnup as part of its Metronet plan, with or without federal funding, WA Labor leader Mark McGowan said today.

Flanked by Mandurah MLA David Templeman, Rockingham MLA Paul Papalia, Labor’s candidate for Canning Matt Keogh, Mr McGowan said the station at Karnup is one of his government’s first priorities as part of Metronet.

The train station will be located north of Mandurah and hopefully relieve congestion at the Mandurah and Rockingham stations.

Labor’s Metronet plan will connect existing rail to outlying suburbs including Pinjarra and Byford.

The Karnup station will have up to 1,000 car parking bays.

This station will benefit the suburbs of Golden Bay, Singleton, Madora Bay, Secret Harbour, Port Kennedy, Baldivis, Lakelands and Meadow Springs.

Mr McGowan said the Federal government has promised funding for public transport if they win at the next election.

He was unsure of the amount that would benefit WA, but he pledged to build the station at Karnup regardless.

The draft Public Transport for Perth in 2031, released in July 2011, identified a new station would be required at Karnup in the next five to 10 years.

The new Karnup station, located north of Paganoni Road, will be built with a transit interchange, feature cycle smart features and park and ride facilities to cater for up to 1,000 cars.

“There is no doubt that a new station at Karnup is desperately needed,” he said.

“I have also asked shadow Transport Minister Rita Saffioti to investigate options to provide further relief for commuters who want to park their car at Mandurah train station.

“Building Metronet and projects like the Karnup station will create thousands of jobs.”