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A VAST public transport rail network connecting suburbs as far south as Pinjarra all the way to Yanchep will be built by the State Opposition if elected to government next year.
The bold plan unveiled today by State Opposition leader Mark McGowan, dubbed "Metronet", consists of over 75km of new rail track and dozens of new train stations in suburbs such as Yangebup, Coogee, Wattle Grove, Mundijong and Forrestfield.
The long-term plan includes rail lines to Ellenbrook and Perth Airport, as well as a north and south "circle line", a Butler-Yanchep extension, an Armadale-Byford extension, and stations at Atwell and Karnup.
Mr McGowan said today his party could be trusted to build new rail networks.
"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.
"The Barnett Government has contributed to our congestion crisis by having the wrong priorities and cancelling promises, like the Greenwood station, the railway extension to Clarkson and the Ellenbrook railway."
The opposition's transport spokesman Ken Travers said on Twitter that specific timings and costings would be released during the election campaign.
He said priority projects will be built in the first two terms of a Labor government and these projects included new lines to Ellenbrook and Perth Airport, a line between the Thornlie and Mandurah lines and extensions to Yanchep and Byford.
This article first appeared on www.perthnow.com.au
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