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THE Morley-Ellenbrook rail line has been listed as a longer term priority in the Infrastructure Australia’s 2019 Priority Projects List for the first time, but the State Government wants the timeframe to be fast-tracked.
Infrastructure Australia released their list today, where eight projects were identified as high priority, with the Metronet Yanchep Rail Extension being the sole WA project named.
Out of the eight high priority and 10 priority projects, 29 high priority and 74 priority initiatives, there were a total of 16 WA projects listed.
Each project is given a timeframe for construction, those being near term (zero to five years), medium term (five to 10 years) and longer term (10 to 15 years).
According to the list’s priority initiatives section, there was an opportunity to better integrate transport and land use planning to intensify development near activities and stations along the Metronet Morley-Ellenbrook line.
Transport Minister Rita Saffioti said the inclusion of more WA projects and initiatives was a testament to the Government’s focus on Metronet and fixing congestion.
“While we expected IA to assess the Morley-Ellenbrook Line as a more urgent project, we expect its urgency will be upgraded as the business case process is finalised,” she said.
Morley MLA Amber-Jade Sanderson said she strongly disagreed the timeline recommendation of 10 to 15 years as the project was “overdue and needed to be built”.
This article first appeared on www.communitynews.com.au
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