Liberals likely to build new train station

It is likely the Liberal Party will echo a Labor promise to build a new train station in Perth's southern suburbs.

The Opposition leader Mark McGowan yesterday announced his party would build a $45 million train station at Atwell if it wins the next state election.

In a statement to the ABC, the Premier says he told local residents last week it was very likely his Government will build a new train station at Aubin Grove.

The Liberal Member for Jandakot, Joe Francis, says he expects the public will hear more about that soon.

"I first raised this issue with Premier Barnett in 2008 straight after the state election," he said.

"I've been fighting very hard to get this train station and I expect that the Government will make an announcement sooner rather than later." Mr Francis says his party knows there is demand for another station.

"The southern suburbs of Perth are booming, just like the north are," he said.

"We need public transport infrastructure, we need another train station down the Kwinana line." Mr McGowan said Labor's plan is to locate the station inside the Kwinana Freeway, near the Gibbs and Russell Road exits to relieve pressure on the Cockburn Central Station.

It would also include a new park and ride facility that would initially cater for 900 cars.

Mr McGowan says the Liberal Party's 20-year public transport master plan, released last year, recommended that a station at Karnup be the only new station built before 2020 on the Mandurah line.

"This would be completely inadequate and would not keep up with Perth's population growth," he said.

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