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The last passenger rail service between the two cities was in 1978, and campaigners say the time has come to get moving on the "game-changing" concept.
Campaigners for the service — which they say could run from Perth to Boddington through Narrogin, Wagin and Mount Barker before arriving in Albany — met this week with local governments and Regional Development Australia.
The concept would use the existing Great Southern rail network, primarily used by CBH to cart grain, along with renewing a previous rail easement near Dwellingup.
A passenger rail service ran for more than a decade between Perth and Albany until 1978.
The bold campaign is being led by Adrian Marshall, who said that while cost was always prohibitive, using existing railways could help.
"If you base it on cost alone, you'd probably shut down the metro trains and Kalgoorlie Prospector," he said.
"This would be a game-changer for the Great Southern ... we think we should have a really good look at it."
Mr Marshall said a faster train could travel between Perth and Albany in four hours.
However, Transport Minister Rita Saffioti said the idea was not on the government's agenda.
Rita Saffioti says significant upgrades of the line would be required.(ABC News: Eliza Laschon
)"Our ability to extend passenger rail to Albany is limited due to services being cancelled many decades ago," she said.
“While the rail infrastructure does remain in place, some sections of these lines have been closed for some years and have not been maintained.
“A significant upgrade of the lines would be required before any consideration could be given to re-opening them in the future."
Roe MLA Peter Rundle has backed an investigation into the concept.
"We should at least explore it and have a look at the options as to what is feasible," he said.
Mr Rundle said with the pandemic restricting international travel, many West Australians would travel intrastate.
"I think there'll be a lot more travel inland in the state in the next three or four years, so this is a good time [but] it would need state and federal support to run it."
This article first appeared on www.abc.net.au
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