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The WA Government is yet to allocate the rest of the funding for a study into a fast-train service from Perth to Bunbury, despite its election promise.
Ahead of today's Budget, the Commonwealth has promised $4 million to partially fund an $8 million investigation into the Perth to Bunbury Faster Rail Corridor.
The idea of a high-speed rail service was first flagged in 2008, but no firm plans have been drawn up.
Despite promising to continue planning for high-speed rail ahead of the last election, the WA Government is yet to allocate the remainder of the funding.
However, Bunbury MP Don Punch said he welcomed the Budget pledge.
"Doing the work now means we can set the corridor aside — particularly in the metropolitan area — and make sure it's not built on," Mr Punch said.
He said he expected the study to look at the possibility of building a second rail line to Bunbury, in addition to the existing Australind train line, but admitted a new line would be up to 20 years away.
This article first appeared on www.abc.net.au
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