2,000-bay car park, station for southern suburbs
The State Government has approved $80million to build a train station with 2,000-car bays at Aubin Grove, and purchase additional rail cars to meet the resultant increased demand.
Visiting the site today, Premier Colin Barnett said the Government had prioritised the project in order to service the rapidly growing southern suburbs.
“The latest population forecasts for Western Australia show an increase of about 400,000 people by 2026, with part of that increase expected from suburbs such as Aubin Grove, Atwell, Hammond Park, Mandogalup and Wandi,” Mr Barnett said.
“This new station, about three kilometres south of Cockburn Central, will be the biggest park and ride station on the rail network, and go a long way to providing an important service to people living in and commuting from these southern suburbs.
“The $80million Government funding will also create a new bus interchange at the site and to purchase an additional two three-railcar sets to meet increased demand.”
Transport Minister Troy Buswell said the station and bus interchange would be located near the Gibbs and Russell roads exits of the Kwinana Freeway.
“Providing a station between the Cockburn Central and Kwinana stations is our priority as a result of increased land development in the surrounding areas and the significantly higher demand for rail than previously projected,” Mr Buswell said.
“Public Transport Authority analysis shows about 30 per cent of the parking demand at Cockburn Central is from areas within the catchment of the new Aubin Grove station.
“The new 2,000-car bay park and ride facility will redistribute parking demand to create a more balanced transport network, with vehicles also being drawn from Rowley Road and other areas north of Kwinana station.”
The Premier and Minister acknowledged Jandakot MLA Joe Francis for his continued efforts to ensure the Aubin Grove station was a State Government priority.
•Construction of Mandurah rail line accommodated future need of Aubin Grove station, with suitable freeway lanes and track layout
•Master Plan to be completed by end of 2012 to define the scope of construction works and outline detailed costings and timelines
•PDF of new station is attached
Premier’s office - 6552 5000
Transport Minister’s office - 6552 6400
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