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Statements by the WA Premier have raised new questions about the State Government's transport plan, with Colin Barnett predicting construction of a rail line to Ellenbrook "well before" the plan's forecast date of beyond 2050.
Mr Barnett's statement comes less than a week after he jointly released the long-awaited Transport @ 3.5 million plan, a blueprint for developing an integrated multi-mode transport network across Perth.
The Government has taken a political battering over its failure to honour its 2008 election promise to construct a rail line to Ellenbrook.
The transport plan shows an Ellenbrook line would not be needed until after 2050.
But on ABC Radio, Premier Barnett said it could happen much earlier.
"At the last election I was very clear," he said.
"We were not going to build Ellenbrook. Ellenbrook will come. It will get a rail line."
"And it will be well before 2050, but we're not about to commit to it."
Questioned later by reporters, Mr Barnett said the plan had been prepared by transport planners, offering their "estimation" of the timeframe for projects.
"The comment I make is simply that I would expect, as successive governments determine their priorities and make decisions on individual projects, I would expect a rail line to Ellenbrook would be well before 2050," he said.
This article first appeared on www.abc.net.au
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