Libs’ train pain

BAYSWATER train station looks like being a key plank in WA Labor’s campaign against the Barnett government.

The station is the first stop on the new Forrestfield-Airport Link project, but is to be largely ignored during the $2 billion rollout.

Maylands Labor MP Lisa Baker says the plan to only upgrade disability access isn’t enough. She says all options for rail in the Maylands/Bayswater area are on Labor’s table as part of its Metronet project, and will be discussed with the community at a public meeting at The Rise from 6pm on Monday, November 30.

But don’t expect any promises or concrete plans for an underground station—which the community group Baysie Rollers is campaigning for—before budget time next year, Ms Baker says.

“We’re consulting,” she says. “What that plan will look like is up to the community and then we’ll have to weigh up our options.”

Options include a crossover where the tracks meet Caledonian Avenue.

The Voice reported this month the government was unlikely to give the station a significant upgrade, with WA transport minister Dean Nalder saying it didn’t have the budget or flexibility to accommodate last-minute changes.

Work at Bayswater is not expected to start until 2019. Funding for Labor’s Metronet will rely heavily on federal funding.

by EMMIE DOWLING

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