The contract with the NEWest Alliance has now been signed to build, 32 kilometres of additional rail to Perth’s network.
The Public Transport Authority will work with the preferred alliance of CPB Contractors and Downer to deliver the Yanchep Rail Extension and Thornlie-Cockburn Link projects under a bundled contract arrangement.
The whole project is expected to create 3000 jobs, with the final cost confirmed at $716 million. The Western Australian Government has contributed $366 million and the Federal Government will contribute $350 million.
The revised cost reflects the complexity of relocating third party infrastructure, ensuring the jobs created are competitively paid, minimising network disruption and meeting environmental requirements.
Savings from the Railcar project are expected to offset the revised cost.
Major construction is expected to be completed in 2022 and train services will operate in 2023.
The signing of the contract coincides with the beginning of earthworks on the Thornlie-Cockburn Link project.
Main Roads WA is now working to widen and lengthen the Karel Avenue Bridge, this will make room for the additional rail lines. Works on the Kwinana Freeway widening project are underway and these will integrate with the works on the Mandurah Line.
The 17.5 kilometre Thornlie-Cockburn Link will be the first time two rail lines are connected in Perth. It will include two new stations at Ranford Road and Nicholson Road to better service Perth’s southern suburbs.
The 14.5 kilometre Yanchep Rail Extension will have three new stations at Alkimos, Eglinton and Yanchep to to offer those living or working in Perth’s growing northern suburbs with an alternative travel choice.