The State Government’s commitment to the billion-dollar extension of the metropolitan rail network will significantly reduce the number of cars on Perth’s roads, bringing considerable environmental and other benefits.
Premier Richard Court said today that when the 115 km train network was complete, the number of cars on the Kwinana and Mitchell freeways and major roads feeding into these systems, was expected to drop by one third, or up to 15,000 cars each day.
An additional 150,000 passengers are expected to use the rail system each week when it’s completed.
Mr Court said the environment would be one of the major winners from a greater number of people using the extended rail service.
“By people switching from cars to trains, more than 14,000 tonnes of greenhouse gases will be saved from going into the atmosphere each year - that amount of greenhouse gas equals the weight of 80 jumbo jets,” he said.
“Fewer cars on our roads will also mean less vehicle congestion, less pressure on city parking facilities, less car maintenance and lower fuel costs.”
Mr Court said the long term solution to relieving pressure on Perth’s roads was a modern public transport system.
“The Perth Urban Rail Development Project will complement other public transport projects, such as the new dedicated bus lanes along the Causeway and on the Kwinana Freeway, as well as the Rockingham to Fremantle bus Transitway, and the highly successful Circle Route services,” he said.
“All these initiatives are coming together to form a comprehensive integrated public transport system, offering the widest possible choice to people and giving them a real alternative to driving cars.”
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