Train planning begins

Train planning begins

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City of Canning councillor Ben Kunze said the city should prepare itself for two new train stations expected to be built by 2021. Photograph - Kelly Pilgrim-Byrne.

The City of Canning has already commenced its planning in preparation for two new train stations promised by the State government.

The State Government’s Thornlie Train Line extension to Cockburn will mean two new stations will be built in Canning and Thornlie.

There have been proposals to locate the new stations near Baseball Park in Thornlie and at existing Ranford Road bridge train line crossing near the Canning Landfill and Recycling Facility.

The project is planned to commence in 2019 and is expected to be completed by 2021.

At its July 18 meeting, council voted to have City of Canning chief executive Arthur Kyron write a report detailing how the city can best prepare for the development.

Proposed preparations include a cycle path on High Road connecting to the new Nicholson Road station.

The city said the proposed stations at Nicholson Road and Ranford Road would bring significant benefits to the community including reduced road traffic.

Despite the Nicholson Road train station being situated in the City of Gosnells, the City of Canning said its close proximity meant a lot of residents in its area would benefit from its development.

Councillor Ben Kunze raised the motion and said it was important for the city to be prepared.

“I think with so many suburbs in the southern side of Canning where residents will be able to access this train line extension, especially members of football or cricket clubs who want to go to the new stadium, it’s important we take advantage of potential infrastructure opportunities which may avail themselves,” he said.

“There are a number of things we can do invest in public transport infrastructure to help people get to these train stations.”

The council voted 10-1 in favour of the proposal.

Councillor Margaret Hall voted in opposition.