FOLLOWING the submission of business cases for Yanchep Rail Extension and Thornlie-Cockburn Link, the WA Government has now called for tenders for planning and engineering services for the estimated $863 million Morley-Ellenbrook METRONET project, which is set to start construction in 2019.
The tender is part of the State Government's commitment in the 2017-18 State Budget to plan for key METRONET priority rail projects, along with construction funding for the Thornlie-Cockburn Link, Yanchep Rail Extension and Forrestfield-Airport Link.
Due to be completed by 2022, the Morley-Ellenbrook Line will serve Perth's north-eastern suburbs and is expected to support a total catchment of 203,000 people by 2026. The line includes six proposed stations at Morley, Noranda, Malaga, Bennett Springs, Whiteman, Ellenbrook.
The successful proponent will work collaboratively with the METRONET team to form the Options Study Analysis for the Morley-Ellenbrook Line.
To ensure the rail line represents the best outcome for local communities, the work undertaken will include route option analysis, preliminary land use investigations, planning and concept designs, including any grade separations, stations and surrounding precincts.
In August, the WA Government submitted business cases for Yanchep Rail Extension and Thornlie-Cockburn Link projects to Infrastructure Australia for consideration, with both projects proposed to be delivered over a four-year period.
The Yanchep Rail Extension involves a 13.8-kilometre extension of the Joondalup Line to Yanchep, with three stations at Alkimos, Eglinton and Yanchep. The Thornlie-Cockburn Link involves a 17.5-kilometre connection between Thornlie and Cockburn stations, with new stations at Nicholson Road and Ranford Road in Canning Vale. Both projects are estimated to be completed in 2021.
Further tenders for other elements of METRONET are due to be released progressively over the next 12 months.