Yanchep Rail extension off the cards

What they promised

“Our two key transformational projects to redefine travel and development patterns are the extension of the northern suburbs railway to Yanchep and a light rail from Mirrabooka to the CBD”

- Troy Buswell, Sun City News 21 July 2011

What they say now

The Yanchep rail extension will not happen until the middle of next decade

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27 Jul 2015 - The Liberal Government has broken its promise to extend the Joondalup rail line to Yanchep as a matter of priority. .

In 2011, the Liberal Government released its draft master transport plan for Perth. The plan outlined an array of projects for Perth in the lead up to 2031, with several among those being highlighted as priority projects to be completed before 2020. One of these was an extension of the Butler line to Yanchep, which was agreed with by then-Transport Minister Troy Buswell.

This commitment was repeated in 2012, with Troy Buswell telling the Sunday Times, “We are in heavy planning now to push that railway line further north to Yanchep. That planning work is happening and conversations are ongoing between the Government and landowners in that area”. Sunday Times 5 August 2012

However, following the 2013 state election Director-General of Transport Reece Waldock revealed that the delivery date for the Yanchep extension had been pushed back beyond 2021, signalling it was no longer a priority project. The West Australian, 8 November 2013

This was reinforced in August 2014 when new Transport Minister Dean Nalder admitted that the Yanchep extension would not be considered until MAX light rail was completed in 2022. West Australian, 18 August 2014

Attorney-General and member for North Metropolitan region Michael Mischin has speculated that the extension may be “over 20 years away”. North Coast Times Community, 10 February 2015

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