Plans to expand the range of public transport options to people in Mandurah and Peel took a positive step forward today with the release of details to construct a multi-million dollar bus and train passenger interchange station.
Premier Richard Court and Transport Minister Murray Criddle unveiled the plans in Mandurah today.
The $7million passenger complex will be built at the corner of Allnutt Street and Fremantle Road, with the $3.5 million Stage One bus facility ready to welcome its first commuters in July next year.
Initially, the station will be used by bus patrons on the Perth-Mandurah link.
By late 2004, construction will begin to extend the station to accommodate rail passengers who will travel on the South West Metropolitan line when it arrives in Mandurah in late 2005.
The transit station will allow people living in Mandurah and the Peel region to access Perth and Fremantle by public transport quickly and conveniently.
Mr Court said the $7 million investment by the State Government in the new passenger terminal reflected the Government’s commitment to build stronger communities by providing an efficient, convenient and modern public transport system.
“Mandurah and Peel are two of the fastest growing areas in Western Australia and people who live there are wanting to access a reliable public transport system which this new station and the new rail facilities will provide,” Mr Court said.
“We are mindful of the community feedback we received as part of the Mandurah 2007 Transport Task Force Study and many of the comments have been incorporated as features into the station’s design.
“The design will include good lighting, real-time security video monitoring, a direct telephone link to local police, and access for elderly people and people with disabilities.
“When the station is expanded to cater for the rail network, it will also be enclosed to prevent anyone without a ticket from boarding a train.”
The announcement of the new passenger interchange station comes two weeks after the State Government committed $310 million from the sale of AlintaGas to the Perth Urban Rail Development Project.
Transport Minister Murray Criddle said world class electric trains capable of speeds of up to 130 kilometres an hour, would be running to Mandurah by the end of 2005 allowing a journey to the Perth CBD in under 60 minutes.
“The Government is committed to providing world class integrated public transport corridors north and south of the city and a number of projects are making this a reality,” Mr Criddle said.
“These projects include not only the railway extension, but the extension of the Kwinana Freeway, the duplication of the Narrows Bridge, construction of stage one of the dedicated bus transit way from Canning Bridge to Perth, and the Rockingham to Fremantle Bus Transitway service.”
Plans of the new Mandurah bus and train passenger interchange station will be on display during November at the Mandurah Shopping Centre and at the City of Mandurah.
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