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Opposition leader Mark McGowan has announced plans to overhaul Perth's rail network and build a new Metronet system to reduce traffic congestion, should Labour win the state election in March.
Plans released on Sunday showed Labor's priorities for building new infrastructure included a northern and southern suburbs route and extension of the existing Clarkson and Armadale line.
Mr McGowan said they don't have a cost or a timeframe for the project but believe it will cost more than the development of the Mandurah Line and Thornlie spur line in 2007, and the extension to Clarkson in 2004, which during Labor's last two terms in office that came to an estimated $1.6 billion.
Mr McGowan said that the new rail system was needed due to a lack of planning and wrong priorities by the Liberal Government which has led to "a public transport network that can't meet the needs of our growing city".
"Perth is suffering a congestion crisis and our rail system is struggling to cope. Over the past eight years, the number of people boarding Perth trains has doubled."
"Poor planning by the Barnett Government has resulted in a public transport network that can't meet the needs of our growing city, making life harder for people living in Perth," Mr McGowan said.
Mr McGowan said Labor will unveil more detailed costing plans after the mid-year review.
Labor say key features of the new Metronet include:
1. New North Circle route
The Ellenbrook Line, with new stations at Walter Rd, Noranda, Bennett Springs, Whiteman and Ellenbrook
Railway line connecting the Joondalup Line (at Balcatta) to the Ellenbrook line (at Noranda), with new stations at Balcatta, Wanneroo Rd, Mirrabooka Ave and Alexander Drive.
2. New South Circle route
The Airport line, with new stations at Airport West, Perth Airport and Forrestfield
Railway line connecting Thornlie station to the Mandurah line, with new stations at Nicholson Rd and Ranford Rd
3. Extension of the Clarkson line
Extension to Yanchep, with new stations to be determined
4. Extension of the Armadale line
Extension to Byford, with a new station at Byford
5. New stations on the Mandurah line
New stations at Atwell and Karnup
This article first appeared on www.watoday.com.au
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