In the 2018-19 Budget, the Australian Government committed an additional $1.05 billion towards METRONET stage 1 projects taking the total Australian Government commitment towards METRONET to $2.3 billion.
This new commitment includes the following projects under the National Rail Program:
- $500 million towards Morley-Ellenbrook Line
- $240.5 million towards Byford Extension
- $82.5 million towards Midland Station project
- $2 million towards Lakelands Station business case
- $227.1 million towards Future projects to be agreed
METRONET is an integrated transport and land use framework that will support growth of the Perth metropolitan region over the next 50 to 100 years. METRONET Stage One includes approximately 72 kilometres of new heavy passenger rail and up to 18 new rail stations and includes:
- completing the Forrestfield-Airport Link
- extending the Joondalup Line to Yanchep
- extending the Thornlie Line to Cockburn Central
- planning and building the new Morley-Ellenbrook Line
- extending the Armadale Line to Byford
- relocating Midland Station and extending the Midland Line to Bellevue
- building a new station at Karnup on the Mandurah Line
- removing level crossings on the Armadale, Midland and Fremantle lines
- designing and manufacturing the next C-Series trains
- planning for alternative transport options to better connect communities
Australian Government funding has been allocated to the Forrestfield-Airport Link, the Yanchep Rail Extension, the Thornlie-Cockburn Link, removal of the level crossing at Denny Avenue on the Armadale Line, the Bellevue Depot Facilitation and a contribution towards METRONET business case development.
METRONET is an ambitious, integrated project for public transport and urban development that aligns strongly with the Australian Government’s Smart Cities Plan. It will be the cornerstone of a Perth City Deal, a long-term partnership between Australian, state and local governments that will align planning, investment and reforms to manage growth and secure Perth’s future prosperity and liveability.
The Australian Government has committed $2.33 billion towards METRONET Stage 1.
This includes $1.05 billion towards under the National Rail Program for:
- Morley-Ellenbrook Line
- Byford Extension
- Midland Station project
- Lakelands Station business case
- future project to be agreed
This follows on from $792 million under the Infrastructure Investment Program for:
- Thornlie-Cockburn Link
- Yanchep Rail Extension
- Denny Avenue level crossing removal
- Bellevue Depot Relocation
- Business Case Development
The Australian Government also provided $490 million to the Forrestfield-Airport Link project as part of the 2015-16 additional GST revenue package for Western Australia infrastructure.
Australian Government funding towards the Yanchep and Thornlie rail extensions is subject to a positive assessment of the business cases by Infrastructure Australia.
Construction commenced in November 2016 with tunnelling starting in July 2017. The new link is expected to be open to passengers in 2020.
Thornlie and Yanchep line extensions
Both projects are in the planning and development stage. The WA Government is currently working on the Project Definition Plans, which are due to be completed in mid-2018. It is expected construction will be complete in 2021.
Other projects receiving Australian Government funding are in the planning stages.
Further information on the project is available on the METRONET website: http://www.metronet.wa.gov.au/