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IT is official - WA Premier Colin Barnett will not receive one cent for his promised Perth $4 billion rail projects if Tony Abbott wins Saturday's federal election.
Mr Abbott, who has released a list of infrastructure projects he will fund if elected Prime Minister, has not included funding for a light rail and airport link project in WA.
This is despite Labor Prime Minister Kevin Rudd allocating $500 million towards these rail projects.
Instead, Mr Abbott will provide $615 million to build the Swan Valley Bypass and $686 million to finish the Perth Gateway project.
"I want Australians to spend less time in traffic gridlock on our roads and more times with their families,'' Mr Abbott said.
"I want small business men and women to have more time building their livelihoods and less time stuck in traffic jams.''
But Mr Barnett believes the answer to Perth's traffic problems is passenger rail services and is desperate for the Commonwealth to help fund them.
At the federal budget, the Federal Labor Government committed $500 million towards the airport link and light rail projects, as well as $400 million for the Swan Valley Bypass.
WA Labor transport spokesmsan Ken Travers said today: "The election of Tony Abbott will be is a disaster for Mr Barnett, he will have to either borrow more money or break even more election promises to build the Max Light Rail and Airport rail line.
"Unlike Mr Barnett WA Labor did not rely on any Commonwealth funds but outlined a number of projects we would cancel or defer to ensure we could afford MetroNet.
"On top of his failure to provide funding for rail, Mr Abbott is cutting hundreds of millions of dollars from road projects across Western Australia that are important to our economic growth and more jobs in Australia.''
Federal Labor has also committed to $482 million for upgrades to the Great Northern Highway and the North West Coastal Highway.
This article first appeared on www.perthnow.com.au
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