Western Australia

WA Government to establish specialist team to drive METRONET vision

A MULTI-AGENCY team will be established to drive the WA Government's METRONET vision to transform Perth's transport network, with experts in transport planning, land development, town planning and value capture to be part of the new team.

Making the announcement last week, Transport Minister Rita Saffioti said METRONET is as much a land use plan as a transport plan, and each project will be designed to marry the best transport outcomes with optimised land use outcomes.

"METRONET is not only a transport plan but a blueprint for creating a network of well-connected activity centres across Perth," Ms Saffioti said.

For the first time in Western Australia, there will be a mechanism to capture the increased value of land due to new infrastructure, such as a new train station, to help pay for specific projects.

The first stage of METRONET includes:

  • Completion of the Forrestfield-Airport Line (Expected completion end of 2020);
  • Building the Yanchep extension (Expected completion 2021);
  • Building the Thornlie to Cockburn line (Expected completion 2021);
  • Planning and construction of the Morley-Ellenbrook Line (Expected completion 2022);
  • Building the Byford extension (Expected completion 2023);
  • Starting a program of removing level crossings on the Armadale, Fremantle and Midland lines; and
  • Building new stations at Karnup and Midland.
WA Labor Government's METRONET map

Part of stage one will also include planning work for an inner suburb light rail system, improving bus services and circle routes and creating better synergies between cycling infrastructure and public transport.

Experienced public servant Anthony Kannis has been appointed as the team's project director to start work immediately. Mr Kannis is a former senior Treasury official and was a key member of a project steering committee that helped deliver the Mandurah Line and the new underground rail connection in the central business district. Mr Kannis was also a board member of Infrastructure Australia for six years from 2008.

The METRONET team will include experts seconded from agencies including the Department of Transport, Public Transport Authority, Main Roads WA, Metropolitan Redevelopment Authority, the soon to be established Department of Planning, Lands and Heritage and the departments of Finance and Treasury.

"The team will combine their expertise to achieve these outcomes and deliver on the McGowan Government's plan to connect our city, reinvigorate suburbs, cut congestion and create thousands of jobs in the process," Ms Saffioti said.

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