2013 Election Promises

 
  ZH836301 Chief Commissioner

Location: BleakCity
Yes but Public Transport generally does run at a loss, so if your concept was adhered to, then there would be no public transport at all! Is that Forward thinking?
"1213Driver"

Vinelander multi?

I hear "We want Trains" - "We want Trains" - "We want Trains".
"1213Driver"

Because they're not the ones paying.

Skybus in Melbourne carries similar journey proportions to the airport rail links of other cities, and it isn't even a proper BRT.

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  1213Driver Chief Commissioner

Location: Perth Western Australia
It obviously worked soooooo well in South Australia sooooo many years ago when they tested the "O-Bahn" so why did it go no further and gee why are they finally investing in their trains. People still prefer trains over Buses.
"1213Driver"


O-Bahn is a while elephant technology. O-Bahn is BRT but BRT is not necessarily O-Bah. It's a white elephant because it requires specially designed and fitted buses to operate on it. Nobody is proposing that here or elsewhere..
"drwaddles"


Well I wasn't gonna choose a good one was I ? 
Apologies Waddly but I chose to Highlight the SA BRT as it was Bad and a good example that most people associate with BRT's - why would I have not chosen it. IT was BAD. sorry it doesn't meet your expectations of BRTs.

 
Quite obviously many parts of the world are opting for BRTs apparently:roll:, though none are readily noticeable, but the continued installation and reintroduction of rail services be it Trams, light rail or heavy rail in cities around the world with overcrowded freeways and road systems is definitely a good indication that BRTs are the way go - or so you say!
"1213Driver"


I'd love to see some examples where a brand new 20km long, greenfield rail line is being constructed to serve a low density corridor with no activity centres along it. .
"drwaddles"


Perth to Mandurah is a shining example!
Bugger all inbetween most of it - all of which will in good time fill out and become the vision of high populace to warrant its construction that you desire, and already its running at good capacity.

The Ellenbrook extension would be about 15km long and the wasteland as you call it is already filling in fast with an expected 60,000 living in the Ellenbrook, Vines, Aveley and the Eastern Urban corridor through to Caversham by 2021, not counting the residents in outerlying Upperswan & Swan Valley suburbs that would also likely use the line, or the patronage from Caversham, Bennett Springs, Noranda, Ballajura & Morley.

The fact is that high quality bus services attract nobody who wants to get anywhere fast.
"1213Driver"


How do you explain the high levels of patronage on:

- Brisbane's SE Busway?
- Brisbane's northern busway?
- Brisbane's eastern busway?
- Sydney's M2 services from the City to the Hills District (and funnily enough some people are campaigning to keep the buses after the rail line opens as it will be quicker from certain suburbs - funny that...)
- Sydney's northern beaches services?
- Sydney's eastern suburbs (without the benefit of any BRT)?.
"drwaddles"


This is a laughable comparison to the subject  of Ellenbrook - Essentially Inner city routes with no real way of resuming land for decent rail services. Ellenbrook is 27km out of the city and pretty much a good 60 min drive with limited public transport. A BRT is not likely to be built all the way into the city so that would mean interchange at a suburban midland line station and that means changing services and more time - something passengers don't like doing if they can be provided a fast uninterupted through service which is why they want Trains.


2 of the 3 Brisvegas routes you mention are basically inner city or CBD routes a few kms in length that no doubt due to providing priority road access to Buses has ensured that people have to use it to get around - motor vehicle use in these areas is probably hell on wheels. Not exactly a good example.
The SE busway is only 16 km long! barely outside of inner city suburbs and travels though high density housing areas where there is no rail service. I cycle that far into the city - no big deal as far as distance is concerned - some days I can get there just as fast as a motor vehicle - funny that...... this is why people catch the train.

I've travelled on bus in Sydney suburbs and I would most definitely have preferred to be on the trains the buses replaced to enable works to be done. Slow, rough and uncomfortable buses!

Good to see you could actually come up with 3 actual BRTs.
Not hard to figure out why they have high levels of patronage - no other decent public transport to use so they are forced to use it!


"Hark" do you hear the people of Ellenbrook calling for better buses? Nooooooo
"1213Driver"


I can't actually hear Ellenbrook from my place, it's too far away.
"drwaddles"


You would make a good politician  - they don't hear / listen either. This Ellenbrook extension has been a contentious issue in the media for some time over here and not very hard to miss.
The fact that you are too far away means that you most likely don't have a finger on the pulse of what is really happening and thus aren't really in a position to comment. The people of Ellenbrook and a few other places want trains and not buses. its as Simple as that!

Getting back onto topic, Ellenbrook and the other rail routes projected are merely attempts at Vote grabbing as Public transport and in particular trains is a hot topic.

The Libs have likely already done their dash by failing to follow through with previous election promises in relation to the Ellenbrook line, nevermind cancellation of railcar orders only to find themselves getting hammered by the media and public due to a lack of sufficient trains to carry the overcrowded masses on all lines - not just the North South route. An extended period of time taken to almost build only a few extra Km's of rail wont exactly help their cause either.

And still the public are not asking for Buses! or stagnating backwater constructions (rectified many years ago) for that matter. 

The Labs have a track record of actually providing the infrastructure required but even their promises are a bit far fetched and no doubt they will also end up with egg on face - but you never know.

The important part is that those who want to be in power are starting to realise that they need to lift their game in the realm of public transport - can they be kept honest to it - well they wouldn't be politicians if they kept their word.

Oh and Golly Geee - theres no mention of BRT's in the press release either! so I guess that means we wont be getting one - must be something unwanted and not on the agenda.
  1213Driver Chief Commissioner

Location: Perth Western Australia

I hear "We want Trains" - "We want Trains" - "We want Trains".
"1213Driver"

Because they're not the ones paying.
"ZH836301"


Well yes they are the ones paying!

They pay taxes just like you or I or anyone else does and their taxes along with ours go towards the construction of such things.

They deserve to have some of their taxpaying $$$$ spent in their area, how they want it, just as I expect that some should be spent in my area, but I also recognise that some of my $$$ will be spent in areas I will never ever see and understand and accept that that will be the case for the greater benefit.

We could say that you lot on the eastern side are "not paying" given the larger share of $$$$ that the state of Western Australia contributes to the overall economy, because most of us are damn sure that far too much of our $$$$ are being squandered in your unproductive states.
  perthadk Station Master

Yes but Public Transport generally does run at a loss, so if your concept was adhered to, then there would be no public transport at all! Is that Forward thinking?
"1213Driver"

Vinelander multi?

I hear "We want Trains" - "We want Trains" - "We want Trains".
"1213Driver"

Because they're not the ones paying.

Skybus in Melbourne carries similar journey proportions to the airport rail links of other cities, and it isn't even a proper BRT.
"ZH836301"


sounds like this should really be debated in http://www.busaustralia.com
  doggie015 Junior Train Controller

Location: On a bus going from esplanade busport to canning bridge so I can catch a train to Esplanade station
Yes but Public Transport generally does run at a loss, so if your concept was adhered to, then there would be no public transport at all! Is that Forward thinking?
"1213Driver"

Vinelander multi?

I hear "We want Trains" - "We want Trains" - "We want Trains".
"1213Driver"

Because they're not the ones paying.

Skybus in Melbourne carries similar journey proportions to the airport rail links of other cities, and it isn't even a proper BRT.
"ZH836301"
sounds like this should really be debated in http://www.busaustralia.com
"perthadk"

A
greed. This forum is for the vehicles that run on metal wheels with metal tracks that they cannot deviate from (Well... not in regular service where all rules are followed anyway!)
  drwaddles In need of a breath mint

Location: Newcastle
I'd love to see some examples where a brand new 20km long, greenfield rail line is being constructed to serve a low density corridor with no activity centres along it. .
"drwaddles"

Perth to Mandurah is a shining example!
"1213Driver"


Mandurah? Rockingham? Kwinana? Cockburn? Murdoch? Yeah, you're right, no activity centres along there. Not to mention the fact that it is the trunk line for half of Perth's population, not a spur to a backwater with 60,000 residents if you're lucky. 

Bugger all inbetween most of it - all of which will in good time fill out and become the vision of high populace to warrant its construction that you desire, and already its running at good capacity.
"1213Driver"


Indeed. Ellenbrook will not have the same catchment.

The fact is that high quality bus services attract nobody who wants to get anywhere fast.
"1213Driver"


Not hard to figure out why they have high levels of patronage - no other decent public transport to use so they are forced to use it!
"1213Driver"


I'm confused - didn't you just say they would attract nobody? But then you're admitting they do?

Ellenbrook and the other rail routes projected are merely attempts at Vote grabbing as Public transport and in particular trains is a hot topic.
"1213Driver"


Something we can agree on.

Oh and Golly Geee - theres no mention of BRT's in the press release either! so I guess that means we wont be getting one - must be something unwanted and not on the agenda.
"1213Driver"


Buses aren't sexy and don't attract votes. It's a political reality. However, the uninformed opinions of the sound-bite masses is no replacement for actual critical analysis and policy. Voters do not understand the concepts of finite resources (i.e. money) and how that applies to the provision of infrastructure. 
  drwaddles In need of a breath mint

Location: Newcastle
sounds like this should really be debated in http://www.busaustralia.com
"perthadk"

Agreed. This forum is for the vehicles that run on metal wheels with metal tracks that they cannot deviate from (Well... not in regular service where all rules are followed anyway!)
"doggie015"


Plenty of other threads for you to foam over trains - if you're not interested in some discussion of the merits of the election promises, stay out of the thread.
  1213Driver Chief Commissioner

Location: Perth Western Australia
I'd love to see some examples where a brand new 20km long, greenfield rail line is being constructed to serve a low density corridor with no activity centres along it. .
"drwaddles"

Perth to Mandurah is a shining example!
"1213Driver"


Mandurah? Rockingham? Kwinana? Cockburn? Murdoch? Yeah, you're right, no activity centres along there. Not to mention the fact that it is the trunk line for half of Perth's population, not a spur to a backwater with 60,000 residents if you're lucky.
"drwaddles"


 
Bugger all inbetween most of it - all of which will in good time fill out and become the vision of high populace to warrant its construction that you desire, and already its running at good capacity.
"1213Driver"


Indeed. Ellenbrook will not have the same catchment. 
"drwaddles"






As I said Mandurah line is a "shining example" and there is a smeg load of nothing land that cannot be developed in the long distances between the "Activity Places" along the way.
But is it really such a shiny trunk line?

Your consideration of 60,000 residents not being sufficient to warrant a rail line to Ellenbrook is a load of crap.

The Mandurah line is 71 km long with approx.
83000 residents at its terminus 27km from Rockingham
109000 residents in the city of Rockingham area.
30000 residents in Kwinana
91000 residents in the Cockburn area - some of whom are already served by the Fremantle railway so we will let those account for the people north of Mt Henry bridge 

Approx 313000 Population to serve south of the canning river!


For a brand new railway at somewhat greater cost to build than Ellenbrook will be, due to tunneling etc the Mandurah line has approx. 4500 residents per Km.

Let me see - 4500 residents per km for 15km of new rail line to Ellenbrook  equates to 67, 500 Backwater residents required to make building a line to Ellenbrook justifiable at less cost, if built on comparable time period costs.

Well gosh darn that figure is not too far off the expanding 60,000 Backwater population now is it?
But according to you the "Ellenbrook line wont have the same catchment" - looks pretty close to similar catchment to me, and we havn't even added the other residents in "Activity Centres" along the way and at least a few good tourist destinations that will benefit as well.


So was it worthwhile building rail all the way to Mandurah - 27km beyond Rockingham?
 Quite literally there is bugger all in between and a lot of land which cannot be developed and guess what only approx 3074 residents per km in the last 27km .
Yes it was worth building to Mandurah as there are areas that will fill in adding to the passenger numbers and this line will continue to be a booming success.

Is it worth building rail to Ellenbrook?

Yes of course it is! and you certainly wouldn't bother doing it with connecting services of BRT!


 





  Tiny Train Controller

Location: Kalgoorlie
I'd love to see some examples where a brand new 20km long, greenfield rail line is being constructed to serve a low density corridor with no activity centres along it. .
"drwaddles"


Unfortunately, examples of this are few and far between - especially in the last 75 years! One great example was the building of the tram line to Osbourne Park - it basically ran through bush to terminate in the bush. But as soon as it was built, people relocated! And the same thing is happening all the way along the Kwinana Freeway - all the gaps between major cross roads are being filled in with medium density housing.

The big issue here is the ever-expanding borders of Perth's metro area, and peoples fascination with having to have the 4x2 with the white picket fence. Excpet that now that 4x2 includes a home theatre and a triple carport and an al-fresco area - for 2 people.

As long as people want to live 50km from the CBD (and need to travel there daily for work) our public transport system will never keep up, and will never have a chance of even coming close to covering it's own costs.

But having said that, I chose to live in Walkaway, and complain about the 20km, 13 minute drive to work every day. And then the drive home!
  1978Prime Junior Train Controller

Location: Perth
I think they should consider the  Ellenbrook railway as a possible long term solution, but I think Perth has other piorities at the moment, like light rail for example. I would much rather see them build a circle route rail  which Perth really needs before building  a rail to Ellenbrook.

  nuggles58 Station Master

Location: Western Australia


Yeah right!!!!!!!

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>Labor promises new Perth rail network
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>Opposition leader Mark McGowan has announced plans to overhaul Perth's rail network and build a new Metronet system to reduce traffic congestion, should >Labour win the state election in March.
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>Plans released on Sunday showed Labor's priorities for building new infrastructure included a northern and southern suburbs route and extension of the existing >Clarkson and Armadale line.
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>Mr McGowan said they don't have a cost or a timeframe for the project but believe it will cost more than the development of the Mandurah Line and Thornlie spur >line in 2007, and the extension to Clarkson in 2004, which during Labor's last two terms in office that came to an estimated $1.6 billion.

>Mr McGowan said that the new rail system was needed due to a lack of planning and wrong priorities by the Liberal Government which has led to "a public >transport network that can't meet the needs of our growing city".
>"Perth is suffering a congestion crisis and our rail system is struggling to cope. Over the past eight years, the number of people boarding Perth trains has >doubled."
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As the Castle movie said - Tell Them Their Dreaming!

You see, this has all been done before just before elections.
In 1992, Stratton and surrounding communities were told that there DEFINATELY WILL be a railway line extending from Midland with stations at Belevue, Swan View, Stratton, Middle Swan, Herne Hill, Brigadoon, Upper Swan and was going to terminate at the Vines.  Ellenbrook was just being cleared at this stage.
This was an election promise by BOTH sides and it had been finished with feasability studies, pamphlets and huge displays at Midland Gate.
The election was held and suddenly everyone forgot the promises and actions.  When questioned about it, the question was "what railway line?" Ellenbrook is the same way.  They promised a railway line, got into power then said "oops!  forgot about it!" straight after the election.  People - it's just so they can get votes to be in power.  It'll NEVER be done.

The thing about the extension to the Midland line is that the track is already there for the eastern and western bound freighters.  It's dual gauge so give us the "no track available" routine.  Better still, the bridge for the Upper Swan section is Narrow Gauge - the same as the railcars!  The standard gauge turns off at Herne hill, so there is plenty of track to use.

If we have not had our extension from 1992 done, I wouldn't hold my breath for any new rail lines for the other eastern suburbs!!!!!!



  nuggles58 Station Master

Location: Western Australia
If you don't believe my previous post, here is an archive of the page that tells you about part of it!

http://tinyurl.com/cdmlmub

1994 it was proposed:

Mr Court said the proposal would involve the electrification of 6.6 kilometres of track currently used only as a
freight line and the possible introduction of three new passenger stations at Bellevue, Midvale and Stratton.



  Wool Stores Locomotive Fireman

Location: Perth

Here's another to add to the list of election "promises"...

Free Wi-Fi on Perth trains; McGowan WAToday


Interesting conversation in this thread.

Drwaddles has mirrored my views towards the accessibility of rail lines built down freeway corridors, but I doubt either party will change their position in relation to this in the near future. In regards to BRT's, rail will always win out over road-based transport in my opinion; heavy or light. The reliability and long-term security allows for strong growth along rail corridors. As mentioned above, Mandurah is a prime example of this, e.g. Aubin Grove, et. al.

The Ellenbrook rail link will hardly be a "spur through wasteland". It will serve the well established suburbs of Morley, Noranda and Beechboro as well as providing a much needed link to the lower Darling Range suburbs at the base of the Swan Valley. It also provides tourism opportunities by providing access to the popular Whiteman Park, the extensive vineyard district and the arguably "pie-in-the-sky" theme park proposal. I guess it comes down to the chicken or the egg problem, but I'd be happy to have the egg before the chicken in this case.

Also, I'd be happy to put my money on the Cockburn to Thornlie link not being a "dud". Despite there being a small direct catchment along the line, it will provide a direct link to the airport from the southern suburbs, an alternative link between Armadale and Fremantle without having to go into the city, as well as forming part of the city loopline. You can't discount this section.

  Northmetro Junior Train Controller


http://www.watoday.com.au/wa-news/20-to-park-on-top-of-the-train-fare-20130115-2crcw.html

Another one to add to the list of promises not likely to happen in the term of the next government - multi-storey car parks

I'm not sure about the accuracy of the $20/day running/funding costs, but if we say that a parking space occupies 18 square metres and the car park footprint will need to be at least 50% above that, we have 27 sq.m. per car. I'm pretty sure the government couldn't build anything cheaper than a residential home, and these come in at least $1000/sq.m. So every parking space would cost at least $27k in construction costs. The interest on this (without repaying any capital) would be $2k/year, so given we have about 250 working days per year and assuming 80% average occupancy, this comes in at about $10/day. Adding security, revenue collection and maintenance costs, and repayment of capital, we might not be too far off the $20 quoted. As the car park user is likely to be paying a return train fare of about $10, and avoiding fuel costs of about $8 and city centre parking charge of about $20, there is about a $16 net gain at the moment for a passenger using the $2 car parks.
So it would appear that the market wouldn't bear the $20 charge, but there is certainly room to increase the parking charge quite substantially, particularly as a multi-storey car park would presumably be in a prime position close to the station entrance. Biggest issue is likely to be adequate policing of street parking (already a problem) if more of the parking spaces required payment.



  topher1976 Train Controller

Location: Mill Park, Vic

I'd love to see some examples where a brand new 20km long, greenfield rail line is being constructed to serve a low density corridor with no activity centres along it. .
"drwaddles"


Unfortunately, examples of this are few and far between - especially in the last 75 years! One great example was the building of the tram line to Osbourne Park - it basically ran through bush to terminate in the bush. But as soon as it was built, people relocated! And the same thing is happening all the way along the Kwinana Freeway - all the gaps between major cross roads are being filled in with medium density housing.

The big issue here is the ever-expanding borders of Perth's metro area, and peoples fascination with having to have the 4x2 with the white picket fence. Excpet that now that 4x2 includes a home theatre and a triple carport and an al-fresco area - for 2 people.

As long as people want to live 50km from the CBD (and need to travel there daily for work) our public transport system will never keep up, and will never have a chance of even coming close to covering it's own costs.

But having said that, I chose to live in Walkaway, and complain about the 20km, 13 minute drive to work every day. And then the drive home!
"Tiny"


I know I am not referring to Perth here, but there were promises here in Melbourne as well...  A branch line from Lalor to Epping North (Epping North is Greenfields estates that were built under pretences of railway line being built), and also between Epping and Mernda (where line to South Morang was done, but they decided not to do the remainder to Mernda).  Mernda is also Greenfields.

Whittlesea council is pushing the Baillieu govt big time over it.  But due to them cutting so much rather than actually doing anything, prob wont happen.  Then again, he wont be likely to win the next election either..

  drwaddles In need of a breath mint

Location: Newcastle

I know I am not referring to Perth here, but there were promises here in Melbourne as well... A branch line from Lalor to Epping North (Epping North is Greenfields estates that were built under pretences of railway line being built), and also between Epping and Mernda (where line to South Morang was done, but they decided not to do the remainder to Mernda). Mernda is also Greenfields.
"topher1976"



Epping North (Aurora) was meant to be an Activity Centre, hence the rail line, so that doesn't compare to Ellenbrook. The extension to South Morang is just a linear continuation from an activity centre - ala Midland to Bellevue or Stratton - not a branch into the boonies requiring separate trains.

  1978Prime Junior Train Controller

Location: Perth
Why the Billion dollar price tag for the Ellenbrook railway if much of the route would be through undeveloped land?
  topher1976 Train Controller

Location: Mill Park, Vic



I know I am not referring to Perth here, but there were promises here in Melbourne as well... A branch line from Lalor to Epping North (Epping North is Greenfields estates that were built under pretences of railway line being built), and also between Epping and Mernda (where line to South Morang was done, but they decided not to do the remainder to Mernda). Mernda is also Greenfields.
"topher1976"



Epping North (Aurora) was meant to be an Activity Centre, hence the rail line, so that doesn't compare to Ellenbrook. The extension to South Morang is just a linear continuation from an activity centre - ala Midland to Bellevue or Stratton - not a branch into the boonies requiring separate trains.

"drwaddles"


Yeah true I guess... It is still a pain in the smeg waiting for it tho LOL!  (I am in Eden Gardens, next to Aurora, would love to have a bloody train line pmsl)

  drwaddles In need of a breath mint

Location: Newcastle

Why the Billion dollar price tag for the Ellenbrook railway if much of the route would be through undeveloped land?
"1978Prime"


Plenty of bridges needed between Bayswater and Lord Street.

  doggie015 Junior Train Controller

Location: On a bus going from esplanade busport to canning bridge so I can catch a train to Esplanade station



Why the Billion dollar price tag for the Ellenbrook railway if much of the route would be through undeveloped land?
"1978Prime"


Plenty of bridges needed between Bayswater and Lord Street.

"drwaddles"
Yeah. There is NO WAY that they will be able to get away with level crossings around that area!

  drwaddles In need of a breath mint

Location: Newcastle

Labor pledging to keep the Tier 3 grain lines open:

http://www.abc.net.au/news/2013-01-18/opposition-pledge-to-retain-grain-rail-network/4471244

[quote:86fd8cf609]Opposition pledge to retain grain rail network


Updated 17 minutes ago



The State Opposition has promised $30 million to keep the Tier Three grain transport rail lines open for another three years, however, supporters of the network say Labor's policy is not a long-term solution.

The Wheatbelt lines had been due to close last year but were extended until at least October after increasing pressure from farming groups to retain them.

The Opposition Leader Mark McGowan says a Labor government would keep the network open for another three years, meaning fewer trucks on WA roads.

"One of the things that has concerned me greatly is the congestion crisis in Perth but also the fact that on country roads, increasingly, people are dying," he said.

"Something has to be done about it, so this is a way of improving both the safety of our roads and also the congestion problems facing Perth.

"We've had extensive discussions with the operators of the line and our expectation, our understanding is $10 million a year will ensure that Tier Three remains open.

"That way we prevent those significant problems, congestion and safety problems that will occur if Tier Three is closed."

The Liberals and Nationals are yet to commit funding for network improvements.

Jane Fuchsbichler from the Wheatbelt Railway Retention Alliance says the funding is badly needed.

"You know there's been lots of excuses but the fact remains that no money has been put into Tier Three rail," she said.

"The road that we've driven down today was not in the Strategic Grain Network report for any funding and it's totally sub-standard. So we've just been neglected I'm afraid."

The grain handler Co-operative Bulk Handling has also welcomed the announcement.

In a statement, a spokeswoman for CBH says the funding would allow it to engage further with the network's operator, Brookfield, to develop a long term plan for the lines.

The Nationals say Labor's policy is similar to theirs but the party is being more diligent before committing funds.[/quote]


  cityleaper Beginner

Wont metronet need much MORE trains than what we already have. Does anyone know what models these will be??
  1978Prime Junior Train Controller

Location: Perth



Why the Billion dollar price tag for the Ellenbrook railway if much of the route would be through undeveloped land?
"1978Prime"


Plenty of bridges needed between Bayswater and Lord Street.

"drwaddles"

If that is the case, if they built labours proposed circle route rail which would go up Tonkin highway anyway  , would that make a spur line to Ellenbrook feasable ?    And  the proposed theme park might help a bit.

  drwaddles In need of a breath mint

Location: Newcastle

If that is the case, if they built labours proposed circle route rail which would go up Tonkin highway anyway , would that make a spur line to Ellenbrook feasable ? And the proposed theme park might help a bit.
"1978Prime"


It'd make an Ellenbrook line cheaper, however it would also make it even more pointless as the catchment is substantially lowered

  drwaddles In need of a breath mint

Location: Newcastle

http://au.news.yahoo.com/thewest/a/-/wa/15995818/labor-releases-new-rail-plan-details/

Labor releases new rail plan details



Daniel Emerson, The West AustralianJanuary 29, 2013, 12:42 pm

Labor has released new details of its plan to build a railway line to Perth Airport, revealing it will be a 10.5km track from the existing Midland line to Forrestfield, cost $731.5 million and be built by mid 2018.




Opposition Leader Mark McGowan said under the Metronet public transport blueprint for Perth, the airport line would commence under a Labor government in 2014-15.

The $731.5 million price-tag would include rail and road infrastructure but not railcars.

Its stations would include new rail stations called Airport West/Redcliffe, Perth Airport and Forrestfield/High Wycombe.

The airport line is the first of five so-called “priority program” components of Metronet which Labor has pledged to commence in the first eight years of the blueprint.

It says the priority program will cost $3.8 billion.

A week ago Treasurer and Transport Minister Troy Buswell said Metronet would cost $6.4 billion but he declined to explain what parts of the blueprint he had costed.

Mr McGowan said unlike the Liberal Party, which had only indicated it would look at an airport line after 2021 under a vague plan which would cost up to $2 billion, Labor understood it was needed now.

“If current passenger growth rates continue, it is likely Perth Airport will have more than 20 million annual passenger movements by 2020,” he said. “This will place extra pressures on the airport and the roads leading to it.”

“WA Labor is the only party in this election with a real plan to fix Perth’s congestion crisis.”

Mr McGowan said Main Roads estimated it currently took 53 minutes for Forrestfield and Kalamunda residents to drive to the city during peak periods.

“WA Labor’s airport rail line will allow them to make the journey within 40 minutes, creating a major incentive to leave cars at home,” he said.

He said the Barnett Government’s proposed airport rail line included a 5km tunnel which would be “prohibitively expensive” and unlikely to ever be built.

“The Liberal Party has not built a centimetre of operating rail in Perth and has a history of broken promises, including the Ellenbrook rail line,” he said





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