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New rail network on track for southern suburbs: Premier
18/10/2000 12:00 AM
Residents of Perth’s south western suburbs will be linked to the city by a high-speed train service by mid-2004, Premier Richard Court said today.
The announcement was made as the Premier revealed plans for the South West Metropolitan Rail project.
“Services to Thomsons Lake will commence in mid-2004,” Mr Court said.
“In addition to the new Thomsons Lake transit station, other major stations will be constructed at Thornlie, Nicholson Road, Canning Vale and South Lake.”
The Thornlie station will be located at the crossing of Spencer Road and the existing freight railway. It will feature a bus interchange, ‘Kiss ‘n’ Ride’ and ‘Park ‘n’ Ride’ facilities.
The Nicholson Road station will be constructed near the intersection of Nicholson Road and Garden Street, on the Thornlie/Canning Vale border. It will also have ‘Kiss ‘n’ Ride’ and ‘Park ‘n’ Ride’ facilities.
The Canning Vale station will be located at the crossing of Ranford Road. This station will be a major bus passenger transfer point between Kenwick and the Kwinana Freeway with an estimated 70 per cent of passengers coming from bus transfers.
The South Lake and Thomsons Lake stations will be located in the Kwinana Freeway median.
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.
Mr Court said the South West Metropolitan Rail project would address many of the transport needs of residents of the South-West metropolitan area.
“Population estimates indicate that the population of the South-West metropolitan area will be 500,000 by the year 2021 - that’s 25 per cent of the total population of the Perth metropolitan area,” he said.
“To allow for this level of growth and also sustain the lifestyle the people of Perth are accustomed to, transport systems need to be put in place that are safe, reliable and environmentally friendly.”
Justine Whittome, Premier’s office, 9222 9475
Arabella Taylor, Department of Transport, 9216 8712
Dean Roberts, Main Roads, 9323 4638
Premier Richard Court (right) and Transport Minister Murray Criddle (left) with Southern River MLA Monica Holmes at the announcement of the fast-tracked rail link.