The northern suburb of Butler is now online with the opening of a $221 million rail extension today.
Premier Colin Barnett said the extension opened several months early and $20 million under budget, with the first scheduled service on the 7.5 kilometre rail extension leaving Butler Station at 11.51am today.
Opening the extension and the new Butler Station, Premier Colin Barnett said it was a boon for residents in the suburbs of Butler, Jindalee, Two Rocks and Yanchep.
“The Liberal National Government first committed to this project in 2009 and when work started in 2011, there was nothing much around Butler Station other than sand,” Mr Barnett said.
“Since then, entire new streets and suburbs, and with them strong communities, have sprung up. We expect more than 2,000 passengers a day will choose to take the 37 minute journey to Perth from the new station.”
Transport Minister Dean Nalder said the extension would meet the needs of the growing northern suburbs.
“This project will ease congestion on some of our major roads, as well as providing a more convenient public transport option for people living in the city’s north,” he said.
“We expect the new station will take pressure off other stations like Clarkson and Currambine.”
The station has 900 car bays and is connected to bike pathways for people who wish to cycle to the train, and has space for dozens of bikes.
Mr Nalder said the State Government had also invested heavily in roads for the northern suburbs.