Government approves Western Australia’s $2.3bn rail and road infrastructure plan

Perth station. Credit: Kikujungboy/Shutterstock.
Perth station. Credit: Kikujungboy/Shutterstock.

The Federal Government of Australia and the State Government of Western Australia have reached an agreement to invest $2.3 billion on road and rail infrastructure in the region.

The combined investment covers 17 schemes, including injecting $1.2 billion into Metronet, a project that will create new railway lines and stations in Perth to reduce congestion and meet future capacity demands.

Overall, around 6,000 jobs are anticipated to be created by the joint agreement, which is made up of a $1.6 billion investment from the federal government and $745 million from the state.

Part of the package is sourced from $1.86 billion of reallocated funds from the cancelled Perth Freight Link project, which was due to improve the road freight link between Kewdale and Fremantle Harbour.

The package is due to be included in the Federal Budget on May 9.

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Peter Stanton undertook, between 1968 and 1972, a ‘thin sandwich’ degree course at City University, London, sponsored by British Railways Midlands Region and with practical training at Crewe and Willesden.

In 1980, following a spell as Area Maintenance Engineer at King’s Cross, Peter took on the interesting and challenging role of being the Personal Assistant to the British Railways Board Member for Engineering. As such, he was project manager for several major inter-regional inter-functional schemes.

Under Railtrack, Peter became Engineering Manager for Infrastructure Contracts, based in Birmingham, and then Electrification and Plant specialist for the West Coast Route Modernisation under Network Rail.

Since 2007, as an independent consultant, he has worked on the national electrification programme, Dubai Metro Red Line, Network Rail Crossrail, and Great Western Electrification. He sits on the Railway Technical Advisory panel of the IET and the Conference and Seminars Committee of the Railway Division of the IMechE.

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