METRONET - Morley to Ellenbrook line


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METRONET - Morley to Ellenbrook line

Prospective pipeline

Greenfield (construction) or brownfield (government asset divestment) projects needed or likely to occur within the next five years, but is not formally proposed by a state, territory or major local government.

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STATUS: Credibly proposed
JURISDICTION: WA, Commonwealth
TYPE: Greenfield

METRONET was the WA Government's headline transport election commitment at the 2017 state election. First proposed in 2013, the project will significantly expand Perth's current heavy rail network.

The proposed 21km rail line will include stations at Morley, Noranda, Malaga, Whiteman Park and Ellenbrook, with a future station to be developed at Bennett Springs East.

The line will travel from Bayswate, down the middle of the Tonkin Highway north of Marshall Road, along New Lord Street, before finishing in the centre of Ellenbrook.

The 2017-18 WA Budget confirmed the Public Tranpsort Authority will spend $20 million across 2017-18 and 2018-19 to undertake planning for the Morley-Ellenbrook rail line.

The Federal Government allocated $500 million towards the line as part of the $1.05 billion funding allocation towards METRONET the in 2018-19 Budget. The funding will be provided between FY2018-19 and FY2023-24.

On 26 October 2017 a tender for the concept planning for the line was released, closing on 7 December 2017. A team of Arup, Roberts Day and EY were awarded the contract in April 2018.

A community information session was held on 22 March 2018 by the WA Government to discuss the results of the Morley-Ellenbrook Line community survey.

The project is in the planning stages of development.

The project is included in the broader Transport connectivity between Morley and Ellenbrook initiative, which Infrastructure Australia identifies as a Priority Initiative on its Infrastructure Priority List.

In September 2019, the Railway (METRONET) Amendment Bill 2019 was introduced into WA Parliament. The Bill will authorise the construction of the Morley-Ellenbrook Line. The WA Government also confirmed that procurement for the project will commence in early-2020.

Last reviewed: 04/10/2019

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