Government accused of fudging numbers for new airport link

“The Barnett Government has clearly been dishonest and sought to mislead the people of Western Australia because they’ve presented the figures for the airport line completely differently to the way in which every other transport project patronage numbers are being presented.

“Why has the Government chosen to build the airport line rather than the many other transport projects they promised and have now broken that would clearly deliver far more people using public transport and far less cars on our roads? ” Mr Travers said.

Transport Minister Dean Nalder has been contacted for comment. The $2. 2 billion underground rail link to Perth Airport will run from Bayswater to Forrestfield, with three new stations.

Labor’s Transport spokesman Ken Travers says unlike other transport projects, the Government is counting passengers on both legs of their journey, to strengthen the case for the rail link.

“It’s now clear projects like the Yanchep and Ellenbrook rail lines, the MAX light rail and the Cockburn to Thornlie line would cost collectively about the same amount of money but deliver probably five times the number of public transport users”.

The WA Government has deliberately inflated its estimate of passenger numbers for the proposed airport rail link, the State Opposition says.

It will run off the existing Perth to Midland train line near Bayswater station, tunnelling all the way to Forrestfield with stations west of the airport and at the planned consolidated terminal, which will include domestic and international terminals.

In December the State Government shelved its MAX light rail project in favour of the airport link, a decision criticised by the Opposition.

Read more here: ABC


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