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19 Ottobre 2020

Australia

WA BUDGET INCLUDES $1.7BN FOR RAIL PROJECTS

The Western Australia government will invest $1.7 billion in Metronet projects in this financial year. The figure comes from the WA state budget, released on October 8, and is in addition to the $1.5bn in federal funding for Metronet. Projects to be funded this year include the Forrestfield-Airport Link project, which is expected to be completed in late 2021, the first $275.3 million for locally made rollingstock and the assembly and manufacturing facility in Bellevue, and $195m for the Thornlie-Cockburn link. In addition, level crossings, new stations and carparks, and the extension of existing rail lines are included in the 2020-2021 budget. “To keep our local economy strong, the state Budget delivers a record $27 billion in infrastructure investment over the next four years, including construction and manufacturing work for Metronet and major roads across WA,” WA Premier Mark McGowan said. Contracts are expected to be signed and work to begin shortly on the Byford Rail Extension, New Midland Station, and level crossing removals on the Inner Armadale Line. Final negotiations for the construction contract for the Morley-Ellenbrook line are expected to be completed soon. “These projects won’t just change the way we travel, they will also have a huge role in supporting local jobs and training opportunities, with more than 10,000 jobs expected to be supported as part of these METRONET investments,” WA Transport Minister Rita Saffioti said.  (ICE SYDNEY)


Fonte notizia: Rail Express