Richard Court

Richard Court

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    High-speed rail to Rockingham a reality: Premier

    18/10/2000 12:28 PM
     
    18/10/00

    Rockingham and Perth will be linked by a high-speed and modern rail service in mid-2005, Premier Richard Court announced today.

    The rail service will include a rail loop through the city of Rockingham.

    The announcement was made as the Premier revealed plans for the South West Metropolitan Rail project.

    “Services to the city of Rockingham will commence in mid-2005,” Mr Court said.

    “In peak periods, trains will be leaving Perth central station every five minutes, providing rail passengers with a reliable and frequent journey.”

    The rail line will follow the existing Armadale line from Perth to Kenwick, then turn to the south-west to run alongside the existing freight rail line to Jandakot, where it will align with the Kwinana Freeway to run south to Anketell Road.

    It will then run under Thomas Road, skirting under Wellard Road and a new extension of Gilmore Drive, crossing over the existing Kwinana-Mundijong freight railway and Mandurah Road on bridges before connecting to Rockingham.

    New stations will be located at Thornlie, Nicholson Road, Canning Vale, South Lake, Thomsons Lake, Thomas Road and Leda.

    Mr Court said the South West Metropolitan Rail project would address many of the transport needs of residents of the Rockingham area.

    “Estimates indicate that the population of Rockingham will be 140,000 by the year 2021 - that’s 25 per cent of the total population of the south west corridor,” Mr Court said.

    “To allow for this level of growth and also sustain the lifestyle the people of Perth and Rockingham are accustomed to, transport systems need to be put in place that are safe, reliable and environmentally friendly.”

    Media contact:
    Justine Whittome, Premier’s office, 9222 9475
    Arabella Taylor, Department of Transport, 9216 8712
    Dean Roberts, Main Roads, 9323 4638