Infrastructure Australia finds METRONET project has strategic merit, with wide economic benefits.
Infrastructure Australia has given the METRONET Morley-Ellenbrook line the green light, adding the project to the national Infrastructure Priority List.
Early work on the project began late last year, with the start of upgrades to new Bayswater Station. Construction on the Tonkin Gap project, which will provide enabling works for the rail line, will begin in coming months. Two companies have recently been shortlisted to deliver the main package of works on the Morley-Ellenbrook Line. The major works contract is expected to be awarded later this year.
Spurring from the Midland Line at Bayswater Station, the 21 kilometre Morley-Ellenbrook Line will run up the middle of Tonkin Highway, through land north of Marshall Road, along Drumpellier Drive and finish in the Ellenbrook town centre. New stations will be built at Morley, Noranda, Malaga, Whiteman Park and Ellenbrook, with the option to build a future station at Bennett Springs East.
As stated by Premier Mark McGowan:
“Infrastructure Australia, the Federal Government’s own independent body, has given the Morley-Ellenbrook Line the tick of approval.
“The Ellenbrook line is the signature METRONET project, when complete it will be a game‑changer for the north eastern suburbs.
“This year alone we have six METRONET projects underway, plus the construction of our Bellevue METRONET railcar facility, creating thousands of local jobs and supporting local businesses.”
Read full article here.
“We are working to fast track the Tonkin Gap upgrade, which will include rail enabling works down Tonkin Highway, with construction on this project expected to start in coming months.“METRONET projects will be a key part of our post-COVID economic recovery, providing opportunities for local businesses and creating thousands of local jobs.” - Transport Minister Rita Saffioti