$4.1b pegged for Metronet projects

Trains. Picture: Martin Kennealey
Trains. Picture: Martin Kennealey

METRONET projects have topped the state government’s transport expenditure in this year’s state budget.

$4.1b has been pegged for various projects in total over forward estimates, with $2b secured in federal funding.

Premier Mark McGowan said this funding enabled the state to deliver Metronet with “minimal impact on the state’s finances”.

HOW THE BUDGET WILL AFFECT YOUR HIP POCKET

Treasurer Ben Wyatt

PUBLIC TRANSPORT

Construction is expected to begin on the $536m Thornlie-Cockburn link later this year, the $520m Yanchep Rail Extension with new stations at Alkimos, Eglington and Yanchep, and the new $146m Bayswater Station.

A tenderer to build 246 new railcars is also expected to be announced, with a new manufacturing facility being built at Bellevue.

Removal of the dangerous Denny Avenue crossing in Kelmscott will get underway this year as part of what Transport Minister Rita Saffioti labelled a “boom gate blitz”, along with planning to remove the Wharf Street, Hamilton Street and William Street level crossings on the Armadale line and Caledonian Avenue crossing on the Midland line.

The Forrestfield-Airport Link will land $315m in 2019-20, with trains set to take to the tracks in the second half of 2021.

Mandurah commuters are set to see a new station carpark in coming years, with $2.6m allocated for planning a multi-storey facility.

The final Optus Stadium Transport Project Works have been allocated $7m, while the SmartRider ticketing system is also set for an upgrade, with $18.3m allocated.

ROADS

This year’s state budget has included $4.2b for road infrastructure and maintenance, with 25 major projects included.

$1.52b has been committed to road projects across the eastern and southern suburbs, with $1.2b for the Tonkin Highway Transformation Project, while $156m has been allocated for getting construction underway on the Reid Highway duplication between Beechboro Road and West Swan Road, and the Roe Highway-Kalamunda Road interchange.

$215m has been set aside for the 5.6km extension of the Mitchell Freeway from Hester Avenue to Romeo Road in the northern suburbs.

The Great Eastern Highway Bypass grade separated interchanges at Roe Highway and Abernethy Road will receive $180m.

$46m from the Road Trauma Trust Account will go towards issues like urban intersection crashes, as well as continued safety improvements to Indian Ocean Drive, Toodyay Road and Great Eastern Highway.

CYCLING

The budget has allocated over $146m for cycling projects and grants.

$55m will go to cycle paths related to major road projects, with work underway to close gaps on the Mitchell and Kwinana Freeway Principal Shared Paths and along the Fremantle and Midland rail lines.

More than $27m is set to be available for the planning, design and construction of local bicycle infrastructure, including safe active streets.

 

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