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Funding Program:National Rail Program
Status:Under construction
Transport Mode:Road
Australian Government Contribution:$2,334,100,000
Local Council/Shire:City of Armadale,City of Cockburn,City of Gosnells,City of Swan,City of Wanneroo
Corridor:Perth Urban

Project Description

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 72km 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


METRONET is an ambitious, integrated project for public transport and urban development that aligns strongly with the Australian Government’s Smart Cities Plan. It is the cornerstone of the 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 ($500 million)
  • Byford Extension ($240.5 million)
  • Midland Station project ($82.5 million)
  • Lakelands Station business case ($2 million)
  • future projects ($227.1 million)

This follows on from $792 million under the Infrastructure Investment Program for:

  • Thornlie-Cockburn Link ($350 million)
  • Yanchep Rail Extension ($350 million)
  • Denny Avenue level crossing removal ($49.6 million)
  • Bellevue Depot Relocation ($15.6 million)
  • Business Case Development ($26.8 million)

The Australian Government has also provided $490 million to the Forrestfield-Airport Link project as part of the 2015-16 additional GST revenue package for Western Australia infrastructure.


Forrestfield-Airport Link:

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 have progressed to the procurement stage. It is expected that the main contract will be awarded in mid-2019 with construction due to commence shortly after.

Other projects receiving Australian Government funding are in the planning stages.

Further information on the project is available on the METRONET website:

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Project details last updated: 18/03/2019