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Shire welcomes pledge to extend rail line to Byford

The Shire of Serpentine Jarrahdale has welcomed a $291 million Federal Opposition pledge to extend the Armadale train line to Byford...

17 April 2018
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The Shire of Serpentine Jarrahdale has welcomed a $291 million Federal Opposition pledge to extend the Armadale train line to Byford.

Labor leader Bill Shorten made the announcement in Armadale last week.

Shire President Cr Michelle Rich welcomed the pledge, saying the Shire would continue to advocate the importance of local transport projects.

“Byford and indeed the entire Shire of Serpentine Jarrahdale is growing rapidly and reliable access to public transport is key to meeting the needs of residents now and into the future,” Cr Rich said.

“We have particularly high numbers of young families and retirees who are among those who rely on public transport the most.

“The Shire welcomes any interest in infrastructure projects that will bring sustained benefit to the community, and we are committed to working with government to bring these projects online.

“We are continuing speak with stakeholders at all levels of government to promote the importance connectivity throughout the south east metropolitan area and across the Peel region.”

In addition to advocating for public transport infrastructure, the Shire continues to be a vocal proponent for landmark regional projects such as the extension of Tonkin Highway to South Western Highway south of Mundijong and the Mundijong Freight Rail realignment.

“In recent months, we’ve met with State and Federal Government ministers in the Shire to highlight the significance of these projects and discuss the consequences of inaction,” Cr Rich said.

“We’ll continue to be a strong voice for local residents and are confident of securing the funding needed to begin construction in the near future.”