The Western Australian Government has released key tenders for business case work, transport and land use planning and design for the METRONET rail extension to Byford.
Key consultants are now being sought to help prepare the business case and map out the design of the Byford Rail Extension.
The successful tenderer will undertake the necessary economic analysis and support business case preparation for the extension, which is proposed to connect Byford to the Armadale Line.
The current proposal involves extending the Armadale Line by about eight kilometres from Armadale Station to Byford.
The state government said a further extension to Mundijong will also be considered as part of the planning work.
The METRONET team is also seeking expressions of interest for engineering and land use planning consultants, who will undertake the key work required to inform the business case.
This includes studying station location and design options, potential land uses and development outcomes, rail alignment design works, traffic and access studies, and considering how the extension will integrate with surrounding precincts.
Western Australian Transport Minister Rita Saffioti said Byford and the wider Serpentine-Jarrahdale catchment is one of the fastest growing areas in Australia
According to the state government, the area has almost tripled in population since 2011 to 27,000 people.
“We know from projects like the Mandurah Line that linking our southern suburbs to the rail network can have an incredible transformative effect,” Ms. Saffioti said.
“Working with the local community on this project will be an important part of the overall project, because we want this project to progress hand in hand with the significant development in the area, creating new transport and housing opportunities for people in the Shire of Serpentine-Jarrahdale for the long term.”
The business cases are expected to be completed by mid-2019 with the Project Definition Plan finalised in early 2020, allowing for works to start in 2021.