The State Government is making a significant $800 million investment, to upgrade transport and road infrastructure in Perth’s Northern suburbs.
The METRONO plan will create thousands of jobs, with construction companies being invited to get involved.
The construction of Thornlie and Yanchep rail extensions are at the forefront and other upgrades include improvements to Wanneroo Road, Marmion Avenue and Stevenson Avenue, in an effort to ease congestion.
“Anyone who lives in the north will know that in the morning, the congestion is diabolical. We want to improve that by putting in place better rail access and better roads to meet the needs of the people in the north,” said Premier, Mark McGowan.
The Forrestfield Airport Link project has already begun construction and will create 2,000 jobs over the life of the project.
Mr McGowan said the metro net upgrades will create jobs and stimulate economic growth.
The demand for the Ellenbrook rail line is ever increasing. Treasurer, Ben Wyatt, said the issue isn’t about where the money appears, it’s about the determination of the government to deliver.
“The Labor party has been wanting to do the Ellenbrook rail line ofr over a decade.. we’re committed to it… We have now got the planning money to get the work done,”
Mr Wyatt is convinced that Christian Poter and the Federal Government will provide 80% of the funding, and is expected to be included in next year’s budget.
Upgrades to technology systems will also be implemented, whereby smart riders use pay-pass technology, and smart phones can be used for ticketing.
“We want to make it as easy and as safe for people to catch our public transport system,” said Transport Minister, Rita Saffioti.
“$800 million… we’re very pleased that in the northern suburbs we’re able to deliver a massive program of transport infrastructure,”