The Western Australian Government has awarded a $36 million contract for METRONET track-laying at Claremont Station to a major contractor.
John Holland was selected to undertake the works, which are expected to create around 300 jobs.
The contract’s scope includes providing track, civil and electrical works and installation of an underpass on the Claremont Station METRONET project. John Holland will also install the turnbacks which are expected to be in place by 2021.
These turnbacks, will allow trains to head back the way they came after passengers disembark at Claremont Station, enabling a high frequency of service to meet long-term passenger demands on both the Fremantle and Forrestfield – Airport Link lines.
The first turnback, between Claremont Station and Stirling Road, will be used every 10 minutes in the peak. The second one, between Swanbourne Station and Stirling Road, will be used during peak times or special events to assist operations or any service disruptions.
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John Holland will also undertake refurbishments on Claremont Station facilities to improve accessibility, expand the bush facilities west of the station on Gugeri Street, remove of the western pedestrian level crossing and realign sections of the Principal Shared Path.
WA Transport Minister Rita Saffioti said this $36 million contract will help support 300 local jobs in the community, an excellent outcome for the project.
“We know significant development is taking place around Claremont Station – which is currently the third-busiest on the Fremantle Line – and we expect patronage of this station to increase significantly, which is why this upgrade is so important,” she said.
The project is expected to be compete by late 2021.