WESTERN Australia has frozen public transport fares for 12 months while introducing a two-tier ticketing system which will see commuters in Perth’s outer suburbs pay significantly less to travel from January 1 2022.

The initiative was contained in the state budget, with Western Australia being the only state or territory in the country to record a budget surplus.

The 2020-2021 budget builds on last year’s record investment, with the government setting aside $A 1.7bn ($US 1.3bn) to spend on Metronet this financial year.

The allocation includes:

  • $A 354.5m for the soon-to-be-completed Forrestfield-Airport Link project
  • $A 275.3m for 246 locally made EMU cars at Alstom’s local assembly and manufacturing facility at Bellevue
  • $A 195m for the Thornlie-Cockburn Link, Perth’s first east-west rail connection
  • $A 184.7m for the Yanchep Rail Extension, with three new stations
  • $A 144.6m for removal of level crossings
  • $A 207.2m for other projects like the Morley - Ellenbrook Line, Byford Rail Extension and Midland Station project
  • $A 92.3m to build the new Bayswater Station, the first stage of the Morley-Ellenbrook Line
  • $A 31.5m to deliver a multi-storey car park at Mandurah Station, and
  • $A 16.3m to help plan and build Lakelands Station.

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