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Four wheatbelt rail lines to reopen

The state government has struck a deal with Brookfield Rail to reopen four rail lines in the wheatbelt to cope with the expected large harvest in the coming season.

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It seems the government has woken up, at last, to its mishandling of vital rural rail infrastructure; however, keeping the lines open for such a limited period of time is seriously disappointing. Presently, there is far too much dependency on road transport with a totally inadequate metropolitan and rural road network. The time has come to extend the Perth rail network, and rather than allowing the constant north/south spread of metropolitan Perth, upgrade the lines out to Northam and York, which would allow this area to become a dormitory area for the city, thereby reducing the pressure on the already inadequate freeway system north to Joondalup. Trains are not solely about moving freight, none of which I've ever seen on the Perth suburban rail network. Maybe a trip to Europe by the minister responsible to check out the various rail networks transporting both freight and people would be a good starting point. An enhanced rural network would also be a boon to tourism.

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