What about Karnup Train Station?
Construction of the long-planned Karnup Train Station has been put on the back-burner after the Federal Government failed to contribute funding to the project, instead prioritising a stop at Lakelands.
The update comes after the Federal Government this morning announced they would fund 80 per cent of the Lakelands construction cost amid a suite of road and infrastructure projects across the State.
Work on the new station is planned to start in 2021.
The stop will be the next Metronet station built on the Mandurah Line, despite the State Government’s 2017 pre-election commitment to deliver a station in Karnup.
Transport Minister Rita Saffioti said the McGowan Government was still committed to building Karnup Station and had started work on a full business case, but a timeline for construction was yet to be determined.
Ms Saffioti said a review of existing bus services in Secret Harbour, Golden Bay, Singleton and Karnup would be undertaken to meet the needs of local residents in the short-term.
City of Rockingham Mayor Barry Sammels labelled the decision to prioritise Lakelands over Karnup as “extremely disappointing” and urged the State Government to provide clarity on the future of the Karnup stop.
“For more than two years the City of Rockingham has been given assurances that a train station at Karnup was a priority for the State Government and the wider Metronet program,” he said.
“Karnup and the surrounding suburbs including Secret Harbour, Golden Bay and Singleton are growing rapidly, with residents in these areas in urgent need of a new train station.”
Mr Sammels said there was about 23km of railway line separating Warnbro and Mandurah stations, and a station in Karnup would play an integral role in alleviating transport problems in the area.
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