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9.32 Sunbury line: Major delays (a track fault at Albion). Trains may terminate/originate at Sunshine, and will be held.
- 9.38 Trains will terminate/originate at Sunshine. Consider alternatives.
- 9.56 Trains resume, with major delays between Sunshine & Sydenham Watergardens.
16.55 Cranbourne line: Major delays (an equipment fault near Lynbrook). Trains may terminate/originate at Dandenong. Consider route 893 buses Dandenong - Cranbourne. For alternatives, see our website or phone us [links given].
- 17.28 Delays clearing after an earlier equipment fault near Lynbrook. Select trains may terminate/originate at Dandenong.
17.47 Cranbourne/Pakenham lines: Major delays due to a VictoriaPolice request near Noble Park. Select trains may terminate/originate at Westall.
- 18.03 clearing.
19.44 Pakenham/Cranbourne lines: Major delays (police near Clayton].
- 19.55 clearing Trains may terminate/originate at intermediate stations.
Buses replace trains North Melbourne - Upfield from 20.20 until the last train (maintenance works).
Sunbury/Craigieburn/Upfield lines: All trains direct to/from Flinders St from 21.00 until the last train (works).  From loop stations [just Melbourne Central; the other two are ignored], take a Swanston St trams to Flinders St.
21.31 Pakenham/Cranbourne lines: Major delays (police near Sandown Park).
- 21.49 Clearing.  Trains may terminate/originate at intermediate stations.

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Liberals tout plan to develop over West Perth track, but Labor says cost would be off the rails Peter de Kruijff January 25, 2021
Opposition Leader Zak Kirkup has unveiled a plan to sink the rail line at the train station in West Perth to create a new inner-city precinct.
The Liberal party promised to put aside $5 million to create a masterplan for the idea if elected but has no estimate for the total cost of the project, which Labor claims would cost between $600 million and $1 billion.
Tjorn Sibma, Libby Mettam, Opposition Leader Zak Kirkup, Liberal candidate for Perth Kylee Veskovich and Bill Marmion at City West Station.CREDIT:PETER DE KRUIJFF
Labor also blasted the Liberal and National Party election commitments made up to Monday, which it estimated would have a $8.1 billion impact on WA’s budget even with the $1.2 billion promised by the federal government for the Roe 8 and 9 extension.
Mr Kirkup said the plan to sink about 500 metres of rail between the Mitchell Freeway and Thomas Street by 2029 could be a cost-neutral exercise with the involvement of developers.
“At this point in time what we need to do is make sure we plan it appropriately and we see what opportunities there are for the private sector,” he said.
The project would open up about two hectares of land for development, according to the opposition.
Liberal Nedlands MP Bill Marmion threw a spanner on the tracks at the opposition’s announcement by suggesting the masterplan should also consider the possibility of developing on top of the two kilometres of track from West Perth to Subiaco.
“If you can sink the railway line [at Subiaco] and get some connector roads north-south across the railway line where it exists now you might find it becomes an easier place to live,” he said.
Transport and Planning Minister Rita Saffioti said the idea the West Perth project could be cost-neutral was deceitful and misleading.
“The Subiaco East Project, which is about 6.6 hectares of land, is estimated to bring in about $140 million of revenue,” she said.
“We estimate about $30 million a hectare of land and that is an optimistic estimate. Currently it looks like [the opposition] will have over half a billion dollar project and recover $60 million.”
The sinking of 600 metres of rail for the Perth City Link project cost about $360 million.
The Liberal plan for Perth unveiled on Monday also included a $10 million matched funding pool with the City of Perth for events and a bid to change the law governing retail tenancies, which the opposition says locks landlords and retailers into restrictive leases.
Perth Lord Mayor Basil Zempilas said the Liberal Party had shared its plan with the local government on Sunday but it had not been a consulted about the proposal.
“In essence anything that enhances the city makes it better and makes it easier to work within is obviously going to be something the City of Perth is going to view favourably,” he said.
“We note a project of this scale and size would be a state government responsibility.”
Property Council WA executive director Sandra Brewer said research by the group had shown development and activation around key transport nodes like City West was crucial to achieving the state’s aspirational 90,000 residents target for the CBD.
Labor lashes Liberal-National economic credentials
Outgoing Treasurer Ben Wyatt unveiled a ‘spendometer’ on Monday for the cost of Liberal and National election promises made to date, based on Labor Party estimates.
The promises would have a combined $8.1 billion impact on the budget, according to Labor, with the split being $4.5 billion from the Liberals and $3.6 billion from the Nationals.
Labor said its tally was not inclusive of what it considered under-costing of some projects.
WA Treasurer Ben Wyatt was critical of the Liberals and Nationals spending commitments to date.CREDIT:PETER DE KRUIJFF
The total did, however, include the $1.2 billion promised by the federal government for Roe 8 and 9 as well as the $1.7 billion Nationals commitment to ‘restore’ Royalties for Regions by reversing Labor decisions to fund some projects out of the scheme instead of the consolidated account.
Labor said its own spending commitments so far were worth $939.3 million, however, WAtoday’s promise tracker puts this figure closer to $1.05 billion.
Mr Wyatt said the state’s balance sheet could not handle the commitments being made by the Liberals and Nationals.
“What we are seeing with the Liberal Party and the National Party – two parties who form government together, making commitments that do not align – they are spending the same dollar twice,” he said.
“I’m genuinely terrified of the prospect that these fiscal juvenile delinquents that are the Liberal Party and National Party somehow wrest control of the treasury benches again and force the state into the sort of debt and deficit disaster we inherited.”
Mr Wyatt said Labor would start providing its election commitments to the treasury to be costed on a weekly basis from mid-February so West Australians could see the impact on the budget throughout the campaign, rather than just the last week before March 13.

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