Perth State Government yesterday revealed its latest plans to add five new train stations to its METRONET service.
The 21-kilometre extension to the Morley-Ellenbrook line, in the North-East of the city, is expected to support an initial extra 11,700 passenger boarding’s per day, rising to 18,070 daily boarding’s by 2031.
The project aims to kickstart the state’s economy by creating and supporting, 3,000 local jobs.
Premier Mark McGowan said: “This year alone we have seven METRONET projects under construction, which is a significant transformation to our State’s infrastructure and public transport build.”
“Our METRONET projects and the associated pipeline of work will help support local jobs and our COVID economic recovery,” he said.
The new METRONET rail line includes new stations at Ellenbrook, Whiteman Park, Malaga, Noranda and Morley and will connect the rapidly growing north-eastern corridor to a redeveloped Bayswater Station and then onto the city.
Federal Minister for Population, Cities and Urban Infrastructure Alan Tudge said: “Thousands of people will use this line from day one of operation, stripping cars off Perth roads and busting congestion”
“In the short term we are also making sure we are injecting much needed infrastructure funds into the WA economy and creating jobs for hard working West Australians is a top priority as we make our way out of the COVID pandemic,” Mr Tudge said.
The new line is the State’s biggest public transport project since construction of the Mandurah Line and WA Transport Minister Rita Saffioti said: “Perth’s north-eastern suburbs are some of the fastest-growing population areas in Australia but they are still without a train link.
“The Morley-Ellenbrook Line will change all of that,” she said.
Works will be delivered through four key packages, early works kicked off at Bayswater Station late in 2019.