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THE State government is considering a high speed intercity passenger rail service linking Perth to Bunbury in the South West.
A feasibility study will look at whether such a service is needed and, if so, when, Premier Alan Carpenter said today.
"The study will look at a modern diesel train that would use the new electrified line from Perth to Cockburn Central, then proceed down the median of the Kwinana Freeway and the new Perth-Bunbury Highway,'' Mr Carpenter said.
"The new and more direct route terminating in the Bunbury CBD could reduce travel time by at least a third, to about one and a half hours, based on train speeds of up to 160km/h.
"This compares with about two and a half hours for the current Australind train, which is restricted to maximum speed of 110km/h and terminates about 3km out of the Bunbury CBD at Wollaston.''
The premier said there was potential in the longer term to expand the service southward as population and demand grew.
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