Fast Train to Bunbury

 
  Yappo Station Master

As per the previous article in October, WA and the Feds splitting the cost of a $8m feasibility study as ABC reports . Local Nats want it "pronto" and as a new line from Mandurah.

"One of the routes being considered is extending the electrified Mandurah train line down to Bunbury via Forrest Highway. Other options include using an existing inland line which passes through Pinjarra and Harvey or a second inland route from Armadale."

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  Yappo Station Master

Must be an election coming. This has been well studied, I was involved in the study 16 years ago.
There is no corridor to extend past Mandurah, you would have to come off at Lakelands and run round the road corridor.
62440
Might be of interest to you as this potential project seems to be gathering some steam.....

Project Coordinator position
"As a senior member of the Infrastructure Planning & Land Services Division (IPLS), in this position, you will play a leading role in the development of concepts and proposals to produce definitions, costings and evaluations of options for major transport initiatives. This role is specifically to lead the development of a strategic business case for a fast rail connection between Perth and the Southwest region of WA.
The concept of a fast rail connection between Perth and Bunbury has been considered for some years. Following recent commitments in both the Federal and State Budgets, IPLS is resourced and mandated to work with the National Faster Rail Authority to investigate whether there is a case for such a connection, and if so, the population, development, and economic circumstances in which it would be justified. Pending the outcomes of the strategic business case this position will also lead the process of using suitable mechanisms to secure the land required to enable the infrastructure to be constructed in the future. This is a high-value planning project with strong stakeholder interest"
  Yappo Station Master

As per the previous article in October, WA and the Feds splitting the cost of a $8m feasibility study as ABC reports . Local Nats want it "pronto" and as a new line from Mandurah.

"One of the routes being considered is extending the electrified Mandurah train line down to Bunbury via Forrest Highway. Other options include using an existing inland line which passes through Pinjarra and Harvey or a second inland route from Armadale."
Yappo
IA now has a project page for the feasibility study.

Curtin uni's Western Independent also has a good article on Australind services from 2 months ago which also refers to the study. https://westernindependent.com.au/2021/04/29/australind-the-tanking-engine ;

“If the study finds a fast train feasible, it is still realistically many years away,” Saffioti says.  Curtin University sustainability professor and train enthusiast Peter Newman doubts the claim, saying a new, faster rail line is necessary with the state’s continued population growth. “I believe we would have a fast train to Bunbury announced before the next election and built before the end of the 2020s.”
  8502 Junior Train Controller

We really just need one of these fast rail projects to get off the ground and for the communities and the government to understand the benefits of investments like that opportunity.

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