State Treasurer and Transport Minister Troy Buswell says nine-car carriages will be the future of the Mandurah to Perth train line to meet demand for the public transport network.
At a business breakfast in Mandurah on Tuesday, Mr Buswell said the Mandurah line had been a victim of its own success and identified parking at train stations as another issue that needed to be addressed.
Mr Buswell talked about congestion and parking at stations when an audience member said trains were jam-packed from Mandurah to the city every day and said carriages were full by the time the train reached Rockingham.
‘‘The level of demand for parking is impossible to meet,’’ he said.
Creating safe cycle networks, so people could ride to train stations, and multi-story car parks were among options the State Government was exploring to solve the problem, Mr Buswell said.
Mr Buswell was also quizzed about Perth Airport and the future of a third runway to ease waiting times for passengers and delayed take-off times.
‘‘I think people underestimate the significance of Perth Airport to WA’s economy,’’ he said.
Mr Buswell said the Government was doing its own modelling on the merits of a third runway and would hold talks with Perth Airport about the issue.
Mandurah Liberal candidate Tony Solin, who hosted the breakfast, said it was a rare treat to have Mr Buswell in Mandurah and said he would be a key supporter throughout his campaign.