Metronet underway

Metronet underway

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Member for Jandakot Yaz Mubarakai, Member for Thornlie Chris Tallentire and Member for Southern River Terry Healy at the site of the new train station. Photograph – Kelly Pilgrim-Byrne.

Three recently elected MPs inspected the two new Canning Vale train station sites as part of the state government’s commitment to extending the Thornlie Line to Cockburn.

Transport minister Rita Saffioti was joined by member for Southern River Terry Healy, Member for Jandakot Yaz Mubarakai and Member for Thornlie Chris Tallentire at the sites on March 31.

Another part of the government’s transport plan, known as Metronet the Circle Line, will involve the building of two new Canning Vale stations at Nicholson Road and Ranford Road.

Mr Healy said the planning work on the project had already started.

“The transport minister has brought together all of the relevant government departments and formally requested them to develop plans to deliver the Circle Line and Metronet,” he said.

“Labor has a track record in government for constructing public transport in WA and after eight and a half years on inaction on the Thornlie Line extension WA have voted for a government that will deliver on its public transport commitments.”

Mr Healy said the government had wasted no time in moving the local project forward.

Shadow transport minister Liza Harvey said the extension of the Thornlie line to Cockburn was hardly a Metronet initiative.

“It was part of the Liberal party’s plan and was part of the Department of Transport’s Perth and Peel Transport Plan.”

Ms Harvey said there was no inaction by the former government and said the it was ‘hollow rhetoric,’ from the new minister.

“If you examine the detailed Perth and Peel Transport Plan it lays out the plans for all forms of transport,” she said.

“The Liberal Party in Government did the hard work to plan the transport network for the future and I encourage the Government to utilise this important plan.”