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Western Australia's Opposition has cast doubt over whether a new $57 million train station in Perth's south will be completed by early 2017, saying budget papers prove it will not be finished on time.
The completion date for the Aubin Grove station on the Mandurah rail line was already put back earlier this year, and WA Labor is now claiming even the new timetable will not be met, a claim strongly dismissed by the Public Transport Authority [PTA].
Budget papers have revealed the Government was expecting to spend $10 million on the project in the 2017-18 financial year, even though Transport Minister Dean Nalder said in April the project was supposed to be completed in 2017.
Labor MP Fran Logan said it showed the station would not be finished on time.
"If you look at what has been done so far, which is nothing ... how the hell are they going to be build a railway station by early 2017?" the Cockburn MP said.
"They know it is going to take longer and it is a broken promise, and they are just trying to find excuses."
Mr Nalder was overseas and unavailable for comment but deferred to the PTA, which denied any further delay to the project and insisted the early 2017 completion date was accurate.
A spokeswoman said the $10 million allocated for 2017-18 was part of "a standard cash flow arrangement for a major project".
"It is quite common for funds to be allocated in the budget cycle after the completion of a project," the spokeswoman said.
"For example, $6.5 million was allocated to the Butler Extension Project in the 2015-16 state budget, despite the project being complete in September last year."
This article first appeared on www.abc.net.au
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