Mark McGowan has made the Metronet pledge a centrepiece of his election strategy. Photo: Attila Csaszar

Costings debate for $3bn Metronet pledge

The planned first stage of Labor's Metronet package with railway lines to Ellenbrook, Yanchep and Byford, and an additional line linking Cockburn and Thornlie, will have a price tag of $3 billion, according to costings announced today.


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By the end of next week, the Swan Chamber of Commerce in Midland will have an alternative proposal to the government's $863 million plan to bring rail to Ellenbrook at a cost of around $30 million. Watch this space. Maybe Matt McKenzie would like to meet the team who are putting this together? Why spend $863 million (which we haven't got) and many years to build a project if you can do it for $30 million and have it in place in less than a year? You can always build the expensive one when the states finances are in a better position. Stop worrying about votes and look at how we can save money. Anyone can spend it.

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