WA budget finances big for largest rail investment
By Kate Willis on 30 May 2018
With $3.2 billion budget for road infrastructure and maintenance initiatives, WA delivered the State’s largest investment in rail.
The State Budget invests $3.6 billion in METRONET projects – including the Forrestfield-Airport Link – handed down on May 10.
Budget breakdown includes $515 million budget in Forrestfield-Airport Link projects (2018-2019) in which some will be allocated towards building a turn back facility at Claremont and Bayswater Station upgrades and a $536 million budget for the extensions of the Thornlie Line to Cockburn Station on the Mandurah Line, including two new stations at Nicholson Road and Ranford.
Moreover, an allocation of more than $50 million will go the planning work on the other key METRONET projects, including the Morley-Ellenbrook Line, Byford Rail Extension, Midland Station Project and New Karnup Station.
With $750 million allocated across the forward estimates for projects under development, including $21 million of State Government funding, the Government has secured additional Federal Government funding for key projects.
The new projects include a $15 million widening upgrade of Mitchell Freeway northbound between Hutton Street and Cedric Street, which is now the fifth project set to get underway as part of Perth’s freeway transformation.
A total of $125 million is allocated by the Government on the extension of Stephenson Avenue between Scarborough Beach Road and the Mitchell Freeway, with Commonwealth funding $65 million of this.
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