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Transport experts yesterday backed the State Opposition's rail expansion plan over the Government's light rail network, saying investment in heavy rail was needed to solve Perth's congestion crisis.
Labor unveiled Metronet on Sunday - a multibillion-dollar plan to build 75km of rail within eight years if it wins the March election.
The plan includes new lines to Perth Airport and Ellenbrook and two new ring routes. The north route will connect the Joondalup and Ellenbrook lines and the south route will link the Mandurah, Armadale and Perth Airport lines.
Curtin University sustainability expert Peter Newman said he was not opposed to light rail but an integrated heavy rail system was crucial to meeting future needs.
The heavy rail system proposed would do far more to service the whole of the city and not just those living near the lines being proposed for light rail," he said.
"The ring-rail alone will absorb the next 20 years of population growth in Perth."
Paul Mees, senior lecturer in transport studies at RMIT University in Melbourne, said heavy rail had driven public transport use in Perth for three decades.
Dr Mees said Perth, once ranked the lowest in the nation for public transport patronage, was now poised to overtake Melbourne as the country's second biggest user of trains behind Sydney.
He said public transport use had risen eightfold since 1976.
Dr Mees said he was puzzled by the State Government's push for light rail, especially given the dramatic decline in tram use in Melbourne and Adelaide.
Political analyst David Black said Metronet was configured to win votes in "highly marginal" seats. The Liberals hold the seat of Wanneroo by a one per cent margin and Ellenbrook, part of Swan Hills, by 3.5 per cent.
Opposition Leader Mark McGowan denied the plan was designed around marginal electorates.
This article first appeared on au.news.yahoo.com
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