Money needed for train station planning

The City of Wanneroo is seeking funding for a proposed rail smart program to help it plan for future train stations at Alkimos, Eglinton and Yanchep. File picture

THE City of Wanneroo is seek funding from the federal government’s smart cities and suburbs program for a key project identified through recent community consultation.

Mayor Tracey Roberts said the rail smart program proposed to harness technology, innovation and data to help increase efficiency, connect real time data to decision-making, provide new opportunities for business and attract investors to the region.

The rail smart program proposes to use new technology to analyse public transport data gathered from train users at the Clarkson, Butler and Joondalup train stations, and the terminating station of Mandurah.

The data and analysis will be used to inform the design of the future stations of Alkimos, Eglinton and Yanchep.

“We have set ourselves a target of delivering 100,000 new local jobs in the city over the next decade.

“Our ability to reach this target will rely heavily on the establishment of ‘activity centres’ in close proximity to, or easily connected with, the city’s key transport links – our train stations.

“The proposed rail smart program will help ensure these centres are planned and delivered to attract the businesses, residents, visitors and tourists that will support local employment opportunities on the scale we are targeting.”

If the funding application is successful, the rail smart program will be undertaken in partnership with the Planning and Transport Research Centre, Edith Cowan University, The University of Western Australia, Curtin University, Department of Transport and the Water Corporation.