METRONET - Morley to Ellenbrook line


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METRONET - Morley to Ellenbrook line

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STATUS: Under procurement
JURISDICTION: WA, Commonwealth
TYPE: Greenfield

Project Scope

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 21-kilometre 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 Bayswater, down the middle of the Tonkin Highway north of Marshall Road, along New Lord Street, before finishing in the centre of Ellenbrook.

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.


Key Dates

  • 22 March 2018: A community information session was held by the WA Government to discuss the results of the Morley-Ellenbrook Line community survey.
  • September 2019: The Railway (METRONET) Amendment Bill 2019 was introduced into WA Parliament. The Bill will authorise the construction of the Morley-Ellenbrook Line.
  • January 2020: Early works begin on Bayswater precinct, relocating trees.
  • February 2020: The METRONET Bill was passed by both houses of WA Parliament. The WA Government also confirmed that procurement for the project will commence in early-2020.
  • April 2020: Major earth works to begin for the new Bayswater Station precinct.



The 2017-18 WA Budget confirmed the Public Transport 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.



  • 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.
  • January 2020: The WA Government issued a Request for Proposals for the main works contract. RFPs are due on 17 March 2020, with bidder short-listing to take place in mid-2020. Contract award is expected later in 2020.
  • March 2020: The WA Department of Planning, Lands and Heritage called for tenders for the provision of consulting services to develop the Morley Station Precinct Concept Master Plan (CMP). Morley Station will form part of the Morley to Ellenbrook line within the broader METRONET project. Tenders were open until 3 April.
  • April 2020: The Western Australian Government announced a shortlist of two proponents to design and build METRONET’s new Morley-Ellenbrook Line through an Alliance contract. The Ellenbrook Alliance (CPB Contractors and Downer EDI) and MELconnx Consortium (led by Laing O'Rourke Australia Construction) will progress to the tender phase. The contract includes the design, construction and commissioning of 21 kilometres of a new fully electrified rail line with supporting systems and five new stations.
  • May 2020: The Evolve Bayswater Alliance (Coleman Rail) was awarded the contract to design and build the new Bayswater Station project, a hub for three METRONET lines including the Morley to Ellenbrook line.



  • 18 November 2019: The first of two environmental assessment applications was submitted to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) with respect to the Bayswater to Malaga Rail Works portion of the project. The second environmental assessment application is scheduled to be delivered to the EPA by early-2020 due to the more complex environmental values with respect to the remainder of the project area covering Malaga to Ellenbrook.
  • 26 November 2019: The WA Government announced that an industry briefing for the Line and the wider METRONET project will be held on December 11.
  • March 2020: New project areas in Bayswater and Forrestfield have been added to the existing METRONET East Redevelopment Scheme, which currently comprises of the Midland region. The areas will be integrated through new train stations, with the Redevelopment Scheme to be in effect by late 2020.

Last reviewed: 22/05/2020

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