In a press conference this morning, Opposition Leader, Bill Shorten, announced the Labor commitment to allocate $700 million to build the Ellenbrook Morley railway line.
“We’re doing this because we’re very committed to making sure Perth has the best possible public transport system,”
“It’s good news for jobs, it’s good news for commuters, good news for traffic congestion and also because we believe that Western Australia hasn’t been receiving its fair share, so we’re committed to remedying that fair share for WA fund,’ Mr Shorten said.
Western Australia currently only receives 8% of infrastructure funding from the Federal Government.
The Ellenbrook Morley railway line proposal under the previous State Liberal government was committed to in 2008 and again in 2013, with Barnett failing to deliver on both occasions.
Transport Minister, Rita Saffioti, welcomes the announcement and believes public transport infrastructure upgrades for Perth’s eastern suburbs are well overdue.
“This is something we’ve been asking for and Federal Labor has listened,” she said.
It is expected that the project will commence in 2019 and be completed by 2022.
Labor is demanding for Prime Minister Malcom Turnbull to stop neglecting WA and start showing Federal support.
“All we say to Turnbull is match what we’re committing to… do better if you can…”
“But if you’re not going to do anything, get out of the way and let Federal Labor work with Western Australia to get a fair deal for the west,” said Mr Shorten.