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The State Government has released a $340m transport plan for the new Burswood stadium which it says will move 50,000 spectators out of the area in under an hour.

A proposed footbridge from the stadium to East Perth, shaping as the linchpin in the Government’s plans to disperse crowds quickly, will cost $54 million.

Premier Colin Barnett and Transport Minister Troy Buswell today unveiled the transport project definition plan for the 60,000 seat major stadium.

The Government is adamant that at maximum capacity, 83 per cent of fans will use public transport to get to and from the game.

It estimates public transport will get 50,000 from the venue within an hour of an event completing.

The proportion of fans attending AFL games at Subiaco which use public transport is 40 per cent.

The entire transport plan was costed today at $298 million in today’s dollars – slightly below the $300 million earlier predicted by the Government – but will cost $340 million to procure, accounting for future inflation.

All up, the stadium project will cost $1.2 billion including siteworks, a surrounding precinct, fit-out and transport infrastructure.

Mr Barnett described the release of the transport masterplan as the “final piece of the jigsaw”, with site works to began mid next year.

Mr Buswell said the release of the final costings meant the Opposition should renounce any possibility of moving the stadium project back to Subiaco should it win the election.

Key elements of the transport masterplan include $150 million for new railway and station infrastructure, including the new Perth Stadium Station, $10 million for roadworks on the Burswood peninsula and $12 million for bus infrastructure.

More than $16 million will also go on “stadium precinct transport works”.

More than 35,000 people are expected to depart by train, with 28,000 to use the new, six-platform stadium station.

Over 14,000 are expected to use the new footbridge over the river, with 8,600 to use the Windan bridge.

Another 14,000 are expected to take buses – 8100 from a new stadium bus facility and 6200 from a shuttle service between the CBD and Nelson Avenue next to Gloucester Park.

“This is a world class transport proposal to complement our world class stadium,” Mr Barnett said.

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