Mark McGowan. Picture: Bill Hatto
Mark McGowan. Picture: Bill Hatto

Labor has described a State Government's decision to build a new train station on the Mandurah line south of Cockburn Central as a copycat election promise.

Premier Colin Barnett announced the $80 million commitment to an Aubin Grove park-and-ride station today, two months after Opposition leader Mark McGowan promised to build a $45 million station in the same location.

Labor said the train stop would be called Atwell station and include a 900-bay car park.

Mr Barnett and Transport Minister Troy Buswell said the station they build, in between the Kwinana Freeway under the Russell Rd over pass, would have 2000 parking bays and be under construction next year.

"This new station will be the largest park-and-ride station on the whole rail network," Mr Barnett said. "This decision was made by Cabinet over the past few weeks. Can I stress this is not a promise it's a decision of a project that will go immediately into the planning and design stage."

He said part of the project included the purchase of six new carriages.

Mr Buswell said the station would have the first platform measuring 230 metres built on the Mandurah line.

"It's building for the future because it means we'll be able to take nine carriages in one rail set," he said. "At the moment we take three of six."

Labor's transport spokesman Ken Travers said the promise to build the new station needed to be viewed with cynicism.

"They have consistently made promises to match Labor before elections and failed to deliver," he said. "At the last election we saw them promise the Ellenbrook railway line and failed to deliver.

"They promised a South Perth railway station, they promised to get on with the Canning Vale extension. All these promises they failed to deliver on and I think we can expect the same with respect to today's announcement."

Liberal MP for Jandakot Joe Francis said his Government would deliver on rail promises made by Labor as far back as 2002 when people were buying house and land packages in the area.

"It's a brilliant win for the local residents," he said.

The West Australian

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