Metronet dream full steam ahead

29 September, 2017

Premier Mark McGowan says he’s inherited the ‘worst set of books in history’ but seven months into his reign as Premier he’s on track to deliver on his Metronet dream.

McGowan will speak about his Metronet plans and how his Plan for Jobs at a CCI-hosted breakfast on October 18 at the Hyatt Regency.

The State Budget announced on September 7 saw the McGowan Government allocate $1.34 billion in 2017-18 Budget for Metronet over four years.

The majority of funding allocated came from the coffers of the cancelled Perth Freight Link budget.  

"We're building Metronet and in the process delivering our election commitments,” McGowan said.

 "Metronet will be built by Western Australians, for Western Australians.

 "It will create thousands of jobs and will deliver world-class public transport across Perth."

Metronet is a key component of the McGowan Government's Plan for Jobs, and will create thousands of jobs over the life of each project, including in the manufacturing industry as part of the $508.2 million commitment to develop Western Australia's own rail car manufacturing capability.

The Government’s Metronet vision will transform Perth’s public transport network.

This year’s Budget provides funding for the construction of the Forrestfield-Airport Link, the Thornlie Line Extension, the Yanchep Rail Extension, the removal of the Denny Avenue level crossing, existing train station upgrades and for the procurement of rail cars.

In total, 102 railcars will be procured to provide for Metronet Stage 1 projects, with funding for planning and construction provided in this year’s Budget, plus spare capacity for when railcars are out of service due to maintenance.

The new railcars will be six-car sets, which provide additional passenger capacity compared to the three-car sets currently in operation.

An additional $322.7 million will be spent between 2017-18 and 2020-21 (and a further $185.5 million beyond the forward estimates period) to procure new Transperth railcars.

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