Rapid Bus Transit to Ellenbrook not funded

What they promised

Ellenbrook BRT service identified as a priority in the State Government’s ‘Public Transport Plan for Perth’


What they say now

No funding provided in 2013-14 State Budget


28 Aug 2013 - The Barnett Government has broken another promise to the people of Ellenbrook by failing to fund the Ellenbrook Rapid Bus Transit service.

The Ellenbrook RBT was a priority project in the Public Transport Plan for Perth and was described as a ‘top priority’ by Troy Buswell as recently as 9 January 2013, during the State election campaign. Despite this the BRT has not being funded. 

Funding had been provided in 2012 to start work on the concept design.  The concept design work was due to be completed by March 2013. - Ministerial Media Statement 7 August 2012

Recently it was revealed that in the West Australian that the Government had intended to reannounce the commitment in February 2013 and had commissioned the production of video animation and artists impressions.  At the last minute the announcement was pulled. - The West Australian 24 August 2013 p 1

During the Budget reply speech by the Leader of the Opposition Mark McGowan in State Parliament on 14 August when the lack of funding for Ellenbrook was raised, the Premier Colin Barnet interjected and said ‘they should have voted for (Liberal, West Swan candidate) Natasha Cheung ‘. - The West Australian 24 August 2013 p 1

This broken promise to the people of Ellenbrook follows on from a broken promise made by the Barnett Government in the 2008 State election to build a railway line to Ellenbrook.