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Free Wi-Fi on Perth trains say McGowan

Free Wi-Fi on Perth's trains is the latest promise from WA Labor leader Mark McGowan if his party win the state election.

Mr McGowan announced on Sunday that 10 trains will be installed with the free internet connection in conjuction with the opposition's rail project Metronet, should Labor win the state election in March.

"Any new trains ordered would also be installed with Wi-Fi capability with the intention of improving or expanding it throughout the entire Metronet rail network," he said.

Mr McGowan hopes the access to Wi-Fi would make it more attractive for commuters to travel by train and solve the issue of having too many cars on the road during peak times.

"Free Wi-Fi is a further tool to attract commuters out of their cars and onto Perth's new transport network.

"If we want to solve the congestion crisis, we need to get people out of their cars and the incentive of being able to use free Wi-Fi is a great way to do it."

Touted as the solution to ease Perth's traffic congestion, Metronet includes a new north and south circle routes with new stations to link more Perth suburbs as well as a direct link to the airport.

Yet to be given a firm costing or timeframe, the train system is expected to be more than $1.6 billion - a ball park figure based on previous labor rail developments including the Mandurah Line, Thornlie spur line and Clarkson line extension.

Premier Colin Barnett rejected the Opposition leader's transport pledge and said on Sunday that the costing of the proposed system did not appear feasible.

"I think what people want to know is what the Liberal Party or what the Labor Party are going to commit to in this next four-year term."

"From the Liberal Party point of view we've already announced major upgrades to the Mitchell Freeway, major intersection works and we've also said that were going to build the light-rail."

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