METRONET




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METRONET
METRONET - Byford Extension
METRONET - Morley to Ellenbrook line
METRONET - Level Crossing Removals - Armadale Line
METRONET - Thornlie to Cockburn link and Yanchep Rail Extension
METRONET - Rolling Stock procurement
STATUS

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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The project or divestment is supported by a state, territory or major local government, is subject to studies or other processes (such as pre-feasibility or scoping studies or business case development), and is likely to proceed to formal announcement.   

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The project or transaction is under procurement (such as a call for Expressions of Interest, requests for tender, or another offer to the market).

Preferred bidder announced

A preferred bidder has been selected and is in exclusive negotiations.

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Construction projects: > AUD$300m

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All greenfield and brownfield projects and divestments: > NZD $100 million


STATUS: Credibly proposed
SECTOR: Rail
JURISDICTION: WA, Commonwealth
PROCUREMENT APPROACH: Traditional procurement, Unknown
TYPE: Greenfield

METRONET was the WA State Government's headline transport election commitment at the 2017 WA State election. First proposed in 2013, when funded the project will significantly expand Perth's current heavy rail network. The $2.95 billion first stage of METRONET taken to the 2017 State election will involve almost 60 kilometres of new track through:

  • construction of a new rail line to Morley and Ellenbrook
  • construction of the Thornlie to Cockburn link, the first section of a circle line intersecting all existing and proposed METRONET first stage rail lines
  • extension of the Joondalup line to Yanchep
  • extension of the Armadale line to Byford, and 
  • level crossing removals on the Armadale line.

 

The first stage also includes the under-construction Forrestfield – Airport rail link, which is expected to open in 2020, as well as station upgrades, improved signalling on the Midland line and the removal of four level crossings across the Armadale, Midland and Fremantle lines.

The WA Government has also indicated the first stage will include planning work for an inner suburb light rail system.

Rolling stock for METRONET has been proposed to be at least 50 per cent manufactured locally as part of the project.

As part of the 2017-18 State Budget, $1.34 billion has been allocated over the next four years to start work on stage one METRONET priority projects.

In the 2017-18 Federal Budget, the Government announced that $792 million would be allocated towards METRONET, which would be sourced from the reallocated $1.2 billion Federal commitment to the now cancelled Perth Freight Link. METRONET's Federal funding is subject to a positive assessment of its business cases by Infrastructure Australia (IA).

The 2019-20 WA Budget allocated an additional $266.6 million to METRONET over the forward estimates. This brings total funding for the project over the forward estimates to $4.1 billion. 

In the 2018-19 Federal Budget, the Federal Government allocated a further $1.05 billion between FY2018-19 and FY2024-25 towards the project.

IA identifies "Perth rail network capacity" as a near term (0-5 years) Priority Initiative in its Infrastructure Priority List.

Separately, in February 2018 the WA Government released a design tender for a new rail operations control centre, which would likely assist in the operation of the planned Automatic Train Control signalling system. The Government committed $7.4 million over two years toward planning for the new system.

In January 2019, Turner & Townsend was appointed to provide program management services to the project.



Last reviewed: 15/08/2019

METRONET - Byford Extension


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Preferred bidder announced

Recently closed
 METRONET - Byford Extension

STATUS: Credibly proposed
VALUE: $491M AUD
SECTOR: Rail
JURISDICTION: WA,Commonwealth
PROCUREMENT APPROACH: Traditional procurement
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 7.5 kilometre Byford Extension of the Armadale line is estimated to cost $291 million.

The 2017-18 WA Budget confirmed the Public Transport Authority will spend $2.1 million across 2017-18 and 2018-19 to undertake planning for the extension.

The Federal Government allocated $241 million towards the line as part of the $1.05 billion funding allocation for METRONET in the 2018-19 Budget. The funding will be provided between FY2019-20 and FY2024-25.

In June 2018, tenders opened to prepare a business case for the $491 million Byford Extension. 

The business case is being prepared in two stages, with the first section submitted to IA for assessment in September 2019. Further work is being undertaken on the second stage of the business case, which will be submitted to Infrastructure Australia for assessment at a later date.

Works are currently scheduled to commence in 2021.



Last reviewed: 12/09/2019

METRONET - Level Crossing Removals - Armadale Line


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Prospective pipeline

Credibly proposed

Announced

Under procurement

Preferred bidder announced

Recently closed
 METRONET - Level Crossing Removals - Armadale Line

STATUS: Under procurement
VALUE: $415M AUD
SECTOR: Rail
JURISDICTION: WA,Commonwealth
PROCUREMENT APPROACH: Unknown
TYPE: Greenfield

Project Scope

The WA Government's headline transport project, METRONET, includes scope for the removal of several of the 31 level rail-road crossings on the Transperth network. Crossings will be removed by either elevating or sinking the rail; elevating or sinking the road, or a combination of both.

There are 7 level crossings nominated to date, on the Armidale line:

  • Denny Avenue in Kelmscott
  • Hamilton Street in Cannington
  • Wharf Street in Cannington
  • William Street in Cannington
  • Mint Street in Carlisle
  • Oats Street in Carlisle
  • Whelshpool Road in Whelshpool

 

There is 1 level crossing nominated to date, on the Midland line:

  • Caledonian Avenue in Marylands

 


 

Procurement

Denny Avenue

In May 2019, requests for Expressions of interest were issued for the design and construction of the Denny Avenue level Crossing Removal Solution. Two contracts will be awarded:

  • Design and Construction of Rail Works
  • Design and Construction of Road Works

 

In September 2019, three contractors were approached to provide tenders for the Rail contract. The contractors were Downer EDI, Decmil, and John Holland.

Contracts are expected to be awarded in late 2019.

 

Mint Street, Oats Street and Whelshpool Road Package

In September 2019, the WA Government announced a package would be formed by Mint St, Oat St and Whelshpool Road crossings. Expressions of interest for engineering and planning consultants will be sought in late 2019.

 

Hamilton Street, Wharf Street and William Street

In September 2019, the WA Government announced a package would be formed by Hamilton St, Wharf St and William St crossings. Expressions of interest for engineering and planning consultants will be sought in late 2019.

 

Caledonia Avenue

As of September 2019, the Caledonia Avenue crossing is still in planning phase. Initial assessments have ruled out elevating or lowering the railway.

 


 

Funding

The 2019-20 WA Budget allocated $415 million to remove three level crossings along the Armadale line (Mint St, Oats St & Whelshpool Rd). $207.5 million will be spent on three level crossing removals in the four years to FY2022-23. A further $207.5 million will be spent on these level crossing removals beyond FY2022-23. This will be jointly funded by the State and Federal Governments on a 50/50 split.

The re-election of the Federal Goverment in the 2019 Federal election guarantees the Commonwealth's $207.5 million contribution towards the project.

The 2018-19 WA Budget allocated $69 million in funding for the Denny Avenue Level Crossing Removal project.

 


 

Project History

September 2019: WA Government announced split planning packages, with three additional crossings (Hamilton St, Wharf St & William St)May 2019: FY2019-20 WA Budget allocated $415 million towards Mint St, Oats St & Whelshpool Rd Crossings
May 2019: Expressions of Interest called for Denny Avenue Level Crossing Removal project
2018: 2018/19 WA State budget allocates $69 million towards Denny Avenue Level Crossing
2017: METRONET was the WA Government's headline transport election committment at the 2017 state election
2013: METRONET project proposed



Last reviewed: 01/10/2019

METRONET - Morley to Ellenbrook line


PROJECT
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Prospective pipeline

Credibly proposed

Announced

Under procurement

Preferred bidder announced

Recently closed
 METRONET - Morley to Ellenbrook line

STATUS: Credibly proposed
VALUE: $1bn AUD
SECTOR: Rail
JURISDICTION: WA,Commonwealth
PROCUREMENT APPROACH: Unknown
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

METRONET - Rolling Stock procurement


PROJECT
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Preferred bidder announced

Recently closed
 METRONET - Rolling Stock procurement

STATUS: Preferred bidder announced
VALUE: $1.6bn AUD
SECTOR: Rail
JURISDICTION: WA,Commonwealth
PROCUREMENT APPROACH: Other
TYPE: Greenfield

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

As part of the WA Government's 15 year railcar strategy, a total of 246 Electric Multiple Unit (EMU) railcars will be delivered through the circa $1.6 billion contract to service METRONET Stage 1 projects and the wider Perth rail network. The new railcars will be six-car sets, which provide additional passenger capacity compared to the three-car sets currently in operation. In addition, the contract will also see the replacement of the Australind diesel fleet.

The first 102 EMU railcars will be procured to provide for METRONET Stage 1 projects and will be delivered progressively over 2021-2024 as follows:

  • 36 cars in 2021 before the Thornlie-Cockburn line and Joondalup line extension to Yanchep opens
  • 30 cars in 2022
  • 30 cars in 2023, and
  • 6 cars in 2024.

 

The remaining 144 EMU railcars will be delivered between 2023 and 2028 to replace the A-series fleet, which first entered service in 1992.

The WA Government has also placed a target of at least 50 per cent local content for the manufacture of the railcars, with assembly and whole of life maintenance to be undertaken in WA.

The 2017-18 WA State Budget confirmed $322.7 million will be spent between 2017-18 and 2020-21 (and a further $185.5 million beyond the forward estimates period) to procure the new railcars.

An industry briefing explaining the procurement process and local content requirements for the railcars was hosted by the WA Government held on 26 October 2017.

In April 2018 prequalification tenders were released for the design, construction and maintenance of the EMU railcars along operation and maintenance of EMU assembly and maintenance facilities. Tenders were due by 7 June, with up to three respondents shortlisted for the Request for Tender (RFT) stage. In August 2018 three respondents were shortlisted, including:

  • Alstom;
  • Momentum West (a CAF UGL joint venture); and
  • a Downer (EDI Rail) - Bombardier joint venture.

 

RFTs were due by December 2018.

In August 2019 Alstom were announced as the preferred supplier for the railcars.

Aurecon was awarded the design contract for the assembly and maintenance facility at Bellevue in May 2019.

On 23 September 2019, the WA Government released a Request for Tender for construction of the assembly and maintenance facility. The RfT closes on 29 October 2019, with the contract to be awarded by the end of 2019.

Construction of the first stage of the facility is to start in 2020 and be completed by 2021. The full facility will be complete by 2023.



Last reviewed: 30/09/2019

METRONET - Thornlie to Cockburn link and Yanchep Rail Extension


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Preferred bidder announced

Recently closed
 METRONET - Thornlie to Cockburn link and Yanchep Rail Extension

STATUS: Under procurement
VALUE: $1.056bn AUD
SECTOR: Rail
JURISDICTION: WA,Commonwealth
PROCUREMENT APPROACH: Alliance
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 17.5 kilometre Thornlie to Cockburn Link (TCL)is the first section of the proposed METRONET Circle Line.

The project is expected to include:

  • circa three kilometre rail duplication between Beckenham and Thornlie stations
  • 14.5 kilometre rail extension to connect Thornlie and Cockburn Central stations
  • relocation of circa 11 kilometres of freight lines, and
  • new stations at Nicholson Road and Ranford Road, including park and ride facilities and bus interchanges.

 

The 2017-18 WA State Budget confirmed $423 million will be spent between FY2017-18 and FY2020-21 (and a further $112.8 million in FY2021-22) to extend the Thornlie rail line to Cockburn. 

The proposed Yanchep Rail Extension (YRE), a 14.5 kilometre Joondalup Line extension to Yanchep, will see three new stations built at Alkimos, Eglinton and Yanchep.

The 2017-18 WA State Budget confirmed $440.8 million will be spent over the period FY2017-18 to FY2020-21 (and a further $79.4 million in FY2021-22) on YRE. The cost includes the construction of the three new stations with bus interchanges and park and ride facilities.

The EPA recommended the first section of YRE, between Butler and Eglinton for environmental approval in May 2019. The EPA's report was open for public appeal until 20 May. The second section, from Eglinton to Yanchep is being assessed by the EPA. In August 2019, the EPA recommended the Thornlie to Cockburn Link section be granted environmental approval.

In July 2018 the WA Government signed off on the Project Definition Plans - which comprise the general scope and contract method - for YRE and TCL. In developing the Plans, the Government decided that both projects will be delivered together by one contractor. Both projects have a positive Benefit Cost Ratio (BCR) according to the WA Government. The BCR for TCL is 1.2 while YRE is 2.6. The Project Definition Plans for each project were submitted to Infrastructure Australia (IA) on 18 July 2018.

A construction industry briefing on both projects and the wider METRONET programme was also held on 18 July 2018. The briefing announced that the main works for the YRE and TCL projects will be delivered under a single competitive Alliance contract. Forward (early) works for each project will be delivered as separate design and construct contracts.

The WA Government released a Requests for Proposals (RFP) for the Alliance contract in August 2018. RFPs were due by 31 October 2018. In April 2019, the WA Government announced two consortia had been shortlisted to provide detailed bids. These included:

  • METROconnex, comprising Coleman Rail, Clough and Georgiou Group, and
  • NEWest Alliance, comprising CPB Contractors and Downer.

 

Contract award is scheduled for late-2019.

A tender for geotechnical and groundwater investigations for both YRE and TCL was released on 29 June with tenders due by 18 July.

In May 2019, the WA Government released the Environmental Review Document for the northern portion of the Yanchep Rail Extension. It found the project will have some ecological impacts on landforms and other impacts from noise and vibration from construction activities and increased traffic.

In November 2018 IA released their evaluation of the business cases for each project, finding that TCL's benefits would 'marginally exceed its costs', while YRE's benefits would 'certainly exceed its costs'. As a result IA has added TCL and YRE to their Infrastructure Priority List as a Priority Project and High Priority Project respectively.

The WA Government has scheduled construction to commence in 2019, with completion expected in 2021.

The Commonwealth Government is providing $700 million towards the projects, with the WA Government providing the remaining $356 million.



Last reviewed: 15/08/2019

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