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Buswell claims $1bn Metronet blowout

The war of words over the cost of the state opposition’s Metronet heavy rail plan has continued, with Transport Minister Troy Buswell claiming Labor has failed to account for “at least” $1 billion worth of necessary infrastructure, including the duplication of rail tracks on the Midland line.

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Hmmm, if the Midland line supposedly has the capacity for 20 trains an hour, and the road crossing barriers are down for approximately 90 seconds for each train passing that would mean many main arterial roads would be blocked for 30 minutes in the hour. How does that help Perth's traffic congestion problem?

i recently spent 2 weeks in Japan and travelled mostly by train. Theirr system is excellent. We have Buswell arguing the toss over supposed shortfalls in Labour's rail plan. How about the Libs just get on with it and build the rail system ! We have wasted most of the money from the resources boom and now we cannot afford decent rail transport. And Barnett wants Perth to be a Global city - well look at what other global cities do and just DO IT.

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