WA Election railway bounus?

 
  antiussentiment Locomotive Driver

Location: perth
So will we be getting MetroNet or have the conservatives emptied the bank account so thoroughly that it will be a non starter?

I for one would be scratching the airport rail tunnel.  I totally think the airport needs a rail link, but not at a cost of 2 billion dollars.  I'm pretty sure some good planning can achieve that at a much more competitive price.

Maybe a few wheat belt rail upgrades too?  I totally think that's a great move.

Your thoughts?

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  witzendoz Junior Train Controller

Location: Fremantle
So will we be getting MetroNet or have the conservatives emptied the bank account so thoroughly that it will be a non starter?

I for one would be scratching the airport rail tunnel.  I totally think the airport needs a rail link, but not at a cost of 2 billion dollars.  I'm pretty sure some good planning can achieve that at a much more competitive price.

Maybe a few wheat belt rail upgrades too?  I totally think that's a great move.

Your thoughts?
antiussentiment
I don't know about the Airport rail, I agree that it seems a lot of money for such a short line, however looking beyond the airport getting a rail line out in the Forrestfield direction will be part of the metro net plan.  In fact it should go past Forrestfield.

One place that always misses out on these plans is suburbs south of Fremantle, the rail reserve is there already all the way to Cockburn and the Thornlie to Cockburn extension.  These suburbs are growing fast.

I am also hoping that containers on rail into the Harbour is acted upon, this will reduce road traffic into Fremantle until the new harbour can be built, remembering that half the containers moved are empty anyway, in both directions.
  don_dunstan The Ghost of George Stephenson

Location: Adelaide proud
Metronet in its original form was extremely ambitious: https://www.markmcgowan.com.au/files/HeavyRailVision-small.pdf

Two new lines (Ellenbrook and Wanneroo), a new northern loop together with a large new loop around the metro area incorporating the Airport and Fremantle (although part of the line already has a right-of-way with the freight link to Freo). You would have to conclude that given the current state of WA's finances that it's really all out of the question at the moment.

It will be interesting to see what they do anyway.
  doggie015 Junior Train Controller

Location: On a bus going from esplanade busport to canning bridge so I can catch a train to Esplanade station
It's been their pitch for two elections now. They would have done a lot of work on the concept. Plus, they campaigned on broken transport promises such as the Ellenbrook line and MAX. As such, they would absolutely be doing everything possible to make sure that as much of it happens as possible.

That is, assuming they want to last more than one term!

Another thing to consider is that the federal Liberal party would be reeling from the MASSIVE smeg kicking handed to them at the state election. That would make them more likely to grant federal funding after the initial resistance - otherwise they would be handed a similar smeg kicking on the federal level, and they know it!

If, however, they can't get everything done, the excesses of the previous state government are in plain sight for anyone that goes to Elizabeth Quay or the Beeliar Wetlands or to where the former golf course was. It's incredibly easy to point at them and say "That's why we couldn't deliver Metronet!"

Because there are tangible monuments to the overspending that can easily be pointed to, the public will be more understanding than when the LNP make the same cry with nothing to point at.
  antiussentiment Locomotive Driver

Location: perth
Yep on the no value spending of the conservatives (I hate calling them liberal).  Down the road from where I live they are spending $1.2 billion on less than 40km of road for the North Link.  

The $2.5 billion quoted for Metro Net looks way better value and by crikey won't a small business bloke like me appreciate fewer commuters in my morning traffic jamb as I head to my next client.  Even if they are out by $1 billion, it's still better value to the WA transport system.
  RTT_Rules Oliver Bullied, CME

Location: Dubai UAE
Yep on the no value spending of the conservatives (I hate calling them liberal).  
antiussentiment
I don't think "Conservative" is right either. To me that implies objects to change which is not correct.

Term "liberal" mmm

As for "ALP", hardly "Labor" party after Bob Hawke and Keating' term in office. Priviatisaion on large scale and certainly would have done more including Tesltra had they remained in govt. Removal of Duopoly's and Monopoly's. etc etc
  antiussentiment Locomotive Driver

Location: perth
We are talking about the same government right?  The one who's policies that have been unchanged since the 1970s.

I just went and had a quick read about Charlie Court,  The bloke sounds exactly like Colin Barnett..

In the pockets of the big miners.
Uninterested in anything other than road transport.
Completely racist/bigoted.
..and lacking any tangible support for small business.

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