Jul 18, 2013

Fremantle Tunnel open for business

The Perth City Link project has reached a major milestone, with train services now running through the Fremantle Tunnel.

Today I joined the WA Minister for Transport Troy Buswell to celebrate this significant milestone and witness how this exciting project will cater for Perth’s growing population and the city’s future public transport needs.

The Perth City Link project will reconnect the city centre with Northbridge for the first time in more than 100 years and open up 50,000 square metres of land for new retail, commercial and residential developments.

It will fundamentally transform the heart of the Western Australian capital and the way people use the city.

In the coming months, the new pedestrian underground link between the Perth Station and the Perth Underground Station will be opened, making it easier for commuters to change trains.

City Link also shows what is possible when all three levels of government are prepared to work together and pool resources, with this $360 million project being backed by the Federal and State governments as well as the City of Perth.

Importantly, this visionary project is part of Federal Labor’s historic investment in urban public transport infrastructure around the country. We’ve already committed more Federal dollars to such projects than all our predecessors since Federation combined.

This is the type of project that will never receive Federal funding if the Liberal and National Parties are elected later this year.  Tony Abbott has made it very clear that the Federal Government should not be in the business of funding urban public transport projects, dismissing traffic congestion as someone else’s problem to fix.

The Perth City Link project is a real example of this Federal Labor Government’s unprecedented $6.9 billion investment in the State’s road, rail and public transport infrastructure.