AS part of the 2017-18 Budget, the West Australian Government has allocated $1.34 billion over the next four years to start work on stage one METRONET priority projects, including the Thornlie-Cockburn Link and the Yanchep Rail Extension.
A key component of the State Government's Plan for Jobs, METRONET aims to create thousands of jobs over the life of each project, including in the manufacturing industry as part of the $508.2 million commitment to develop the state's own rail car manufacturing capability.
The funding includes:
- $423 million over four years for the Thornlie-Cockburn Link, which involves a 17.5-kilometre extension to connect Thornlie and Cockburn Central station, with new stations at Nicholson and Ranford roads;
- $440.8 million over four years for the Yanchep Rail Extension, which will extend the Joondalup Line 13.8 kilometres from Butler to Yanchep, including new stations at Alkimos and Eglinton;
- $22.1 million allocated for detailed planning and design work of the Morley-Ellenbrook Line and Byford Rail Extension;
- $70 million to remove the Denny Avenue level crossing and begin planning for the future removal of level crossings at Caledonian Avenue, Oats Street and Wharf Street;
- $28.2 million towards the Midland Station Project, involving the relocation of the existing Midland Station to Cale Street and an extension of the line to Bellevue;
- Planning for the new Karnup Station on the Mandurah Line, as part of $101.3 million committed towards new stations and existing station upgrades; and
- A new multi-storey car park at Mandurah Station, with $16.1 million allocated, subject to a matching funding contribution from the Federal Government.
In order to allow increased service frequencies on the future METRONET network, $7.4 million has been allocated to undertake planning for an automatic train control system. This would replace the existing signalling system and allow trains to run more often.