For those of you that have been watching the lead up to the WA state budget (and the Federal one as well) there has been some recent discussions about the funding (or lack there of) for future public transport projects for Perth.
I have been keen to follow the plans for Light Rail partially because it is planned to run close to part of my commute into work… past Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital.
If you are not aware of the area I have managed to grab two snapshots from Nearmap – two years apart over the hospital grounds – the first in 2010:
The second in 2012:
As you can see there has been considerable development over the area including the new children’s hospital. This will bring more workers, more patients, and more visitors… What is needed is additional transportation infrastructure and one of those elements is the light rail that links UWA and the hospital with Perth and beyond. I think that there is demand (and need) for it – however from what I understand we will be waiting some 10 (or more) years to come to fruition… all I can think of is that there may be some transport pain before the first train / tram arrives… That will be some 100 years since we use to have even more ‘light rail’ – i.e. trams than we currently have planned:
Just as rail (light and heavy) were the lifeline for our growing city some 100 years ago we will see a resurgence in the importance of it for the future growth that we know is on its way.
I’m looking forward to seeing the first tram / train leave the station – I just hope that it is sooner rather than later…