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Bill Shorten will commit $1 billion to the part-funding of WA Labor's Metronet rail project, if elected, while simultaneously pledging to cut all federal support for the Barnett Government's Perth Freight Link.
Mr Shorten is in Perth today where he will make the major public transport announcement, which he says will create jobs and ease congestion.
Last month he pledged to back Metronet if Labor won office, but had not specified how much money his Government would provide for the fully-integrated rail network.
Labor now says it will contribute $760 million to the project by 2020, and a further $240 million over the following two years.
The funding would be contingent on Infrastructure Australia's approval.
Labor said it would "end the shambles that the Liberals have made of transport planning".
Metronet is the key element of WA Labor's public transport policy, which it will take to the 2017 state election.
State Opposition Leader Mark McGowan originally presented the Metronet plan at the last state election, when it was estimated to have a total cost of $5.2 billion.
Mr Shorten's federal funding would prioritise planning to build the Morley to Ellenbrook rail line, extend the northern suburbs line to Yanchep, extend the Armadale line to Byford, and start a circle line, linking the Mandurah line to the Thornlie line.
It would also go towards removing "unsafe level crossings that slow traffic" on the Midland, Armadale and Fremantle lines, and build a new station at Karnup on the Mandurah line.
"While the best Malcolm Turnbull will do is take selfies on public transport, Labor will actually build it," Labor said in a statement.
PFL would lose support under LaborThe Barnett Government's plans for the PFL, which seeks to build a byway for heavy haulage from Perth's eastern industrial suburbs to Fremantle Port, would lose federal Labor support.
The Coalition has promised more than $1 billion towards the PFL, including towards the construction of a 3.3-kilometre tunnel.
But Labor described the project as "a road that goes part-way to a port that will be at full capacity within 10 years" and said a Shorten government would not proceed with the funding.
It is expected those funds would, at least in part, be diverted to Metronet.
A Shorten government would instead undertake "proper planning" for Perth's container capacity.
Labor would also continue with the $59 million upgrade to Leach Highway.
This article first appeared on www.abc.net.au
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