Route announced for WA METRONET

The Western Australian Government has announced the route and station locations for the METRONET Morley-Ellenbrook Line.

Transport Minister Rita Saffioti said travelling direct from Ellenbrook to the CBD on the Morley-Ellenbrook Line will take roughly 30 minutes – half the current travel time for local residents using public transport.

“The 21 kilometre line will spur off the Midland Line at Bayswater, run down the middle of Tonkin Highway, through land north of Marshall Road, along the New Lord Street alignment and finish in Ellenbrook town centre,” Ms. Saffioti said.

Stations will be built at Ellenbrook, Whiteman Park, Malaga, Noranda and Morley, with a future station to be developed at Bennett Springs East when planning in the area is finalised.

“Thousands of local jobs will be created over the life of the project, with works to begin later this year as part of the major redevelopment of Bayswater Station,” Ms. Saffioti said.

“Perth’s north-eastern suburbs are one of Australia’s fastest growing areas, with the population expected to almost double to more than 415,000 by 2031, compared to 2006 levels.”

Ms Saffioti said by 2031, it is estimated the rail line will take more than 10,000 car trips off roads in the north-eastern suburbs each day.

“After 18 months’ worth of research, consultation and planning, the business case and Infrastructure Australia submission are now being finalised, and will be submitted in the coming months,” Ms. Saffioti said.

“The state budget currently includes a record $4.1 billion for METRONET and $4.2 billion for road projects across Western Australia, highlighting the state government’s commitment to job-creating, congestion-busting infrastructure.”

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