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As well as the new station at Ellenbrook, the 21-kilometre line to Bayswater will also include new stations at Morley, Noranda, Malaga and Whiteman Park — with a future station at Bennett Springs East.
The line is expected to halve the public transport travel time from Ellenbrook to Perth.
The rail line has been on and off Western Australia's political agenda since the Labor premier Alan Carpenter promised it during an election campaign more than a decade ago.
The pledge was quickly matched by then opposition leader Colin Barnett, but after winning the election the Liberals later claimed the rail link was "not yet needed".
Ellenbrook line a transport 'game-changer'On Sunday, the Transport Minister Rita Saffioti, said the Government had examined hundreds of options, and it was now full steam ahead for the project.
"Planning for the Morley-Ellenbrook Line started from scratch when we took office, so we have consulted widely and it's been a huge achievement to get the project to this exciting point," she said.
"This rail line will finally connect the north-eastern suburbs to the broader rail network, linking residents to more employment, education and recreation opportunities, and reducing congestion on our roads.
"Together with major road projects underway, the Morley-Ellenbrook Line will be a transport game-changer for thousands of passengers and motorists."
'This Government cannot deliver on transport': OppositionBut the Opposition's Libby Mettam highlighted blowouts to both the cost and the timeframe.
"We are seeing a $163 million budget blowout and it means that this project won't be completed until after the next state election. This government cannot deliver on transport," she said.
Ms Saffioti said the previous costings were based on the former Liberal government's estimates.
"That figure was a figure we obtained at the time from a former government's department … so in a sense we started from scratch and we're very proud of the project we're delivering," she said.
During the 2017 election campaign, Labor said the line would be built by 2022, with construction starting in 2019, but Ms Saffioti also dismissed criticism about the timeline.
"Under the Liberals, the north-eastern suburbs were ignored and told they didn't need a rail line until 2050," she said.
"This has all changed under a Labor government. The rail line to Ellenbrook will be built, just like we promised."
Ms Saffioti said the upgrade to the Bayswater Station was set to begin later this year and any previous construction delays were the responsibility of the previous government.
The Government is hoping the project will be completed by 2023.
Project not on Infrastructure Australia's priority listThe business case for the Ellenbrook project still needs to go to Cabinet for approval and also to Infrastructure Australia (IA).
Ms Saffioti also said she was not worried the rail line was not on Infrastructure Australia's list of priority projects for 2019.
"Not a concern whatsoever," she said.
"We're committed to this program and the Federal Government made a big issue of this during the federal election campaign, and I expect the federal government agencies to deliver on their commitments," she said.
"As I've said, we have worked really well with IA and the federal agencies.
"We've kept them informed all the time … we're doing the work and we expect that IA would understand this is a major priority, and given the connections that people of Ellenbrook and surrounds deserve, that they'll come on board."
This article first appeared on www.abc.net.au
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