A TENDER for engineering and planning for the proposed Morley-Ellenbrook Line has been awarded to a team led by Arup, while applications are now open to help develop a business case for the vital METRONET project, the WA Government announced last week.
The team, which also includes Roberts Day and Ernst & Young, will support the METRONET team in undertaking the options analysis and design work required for the project, as part of developing a robust business case.
Once the business case has been finalised and a preferred option is confirmed, work will begin to develop the concept designs to inform a final government investment decision, enabling the project to move into procurement and delivery.
To ensure the project 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.
This work will be a key input into the wider economic analysis and business case development work, which will be contracted separately in the coming months.
A tender for similar work on the Karnup Station project has also been awarded to GHD Pty Ltd. Meanwhile, a tender for the new Midland Station and Midland Line Extension to Bellevue will be awarded soon.
"Initial planning and early community consultation for the Morley-Ellenbrook Line have taken place, so we have now entered a far more detailed planning phase," Transport Minister Rita Saffioti said.
"We recently revealed concept plans for the Bayswater Station upgrade, which will start construction next year and form the first stage of works for the Morley-Ellenbrook Line.
"The awarding of these tenders will allow the project team to progress developing the necessary business cases for the proposed projects so Government can assess the best outcome for the community."
Due to be completed by 2022, the estimated $683 million 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.