Eric Charlton

Eric Charlton

Former Minister for Transport

    Feasibility study into relocation of Bunbury rail terminal announced

    23/01/1998 12:00 AM



    Transport Minister Eric Charlton today announced a feasibility study for the relocation of the Bunbury passenger rail terminal to a site closer to the city centre.


    The terminal was originally moved to Wollaston, 2.5km south-east of the city, in 1985 as part of the rationalisation of rail marshalling yards.


    "Transport has engaged BSD Consultants to examine technical, engineering and safety issues involved in locating the terminal closer to the central business district and we expect a report by the end of April," Mr Charlton said.


    He said the study was a Coalition commitment made at the last State election and was being undertaken on behalf of the Bunbury Harbour City Steering Committee.


    Major funding for the analysis would be provided by the South West Development Commission, Transport and Landcorp.


    "The study will focus on using the Port of Bunbury freight line to access a site near the old grain silos on the corner of Koombana Drive and Casuarina Drive," the Minister said.


    "Should the study identify any major obstacles with that route the consultants will review alternative avenues to the city centre."


    Mr Charlton said the study was also important in defining land use opportunities in Bunbury's Marlston Hill area.


    The Bunbury Harbour City Steering Committee was currently considering conceptual plans for the foreshore area and needed to have a clear overview of the rail terminal issue.


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