The WA construction industry has been briefed on the first major package of works on the METRONET project.
Plans for the 17.5 kilometres Thornlie-Cockburn Link and the 14.5 kilometres Yanchep Rail Extension have been submitted to infrastructure Australia, will will enable the projects to move into the procurement phase.
The briefing presentations included information about the scope of works, contract packages, expectations and requirements, WA Industry Link and future METRONET work.
A capability register, where local supply chain companies and contractors log their services, will be provided to the shortlisted companies as they move into the competitive pricing phase of the procurement process in August this year.
The projects are expected to create more than 3000 jobs, with major construction works to be delivered together by one contractor through a Competitive Alliance contract to maximise efficiencies and generate savings.
Federal Minister for Urban Infrastructure and Cities Paul Fletcher said the projects will improve liveability and tackle congestion as well as create jobs and support economic growth through an $11 billion investment into WA’s roads and rail.
“The Thornlie-Cockburn Link will be Perth’s first east-west connection, making travel around the city by train more flexible and improving public transport links to Perth’s southern suburbs,” he said.
“The Yanchep Rail Extension is a 14.5-kilometre project that will deliver the final section of the Joondalup rail line from Butler to Yanchep, helping to support the area’s ongoing growth, as well as reducing road congestion.”
The projects have a combined budget of $1.056 billion, which is made up of a $700 million commitment from the Federal Government and a $356 million commitment from the state government.