Two alliances have been shortlisted for the design and build contractors on the Morley-Ellenbrook Line in Western Australia, with the contract set to be awarded at the end of the year.
The Ellenbrook Alliance, made up of CPB Contractors and Downer EDI, and MELconnx Consortium, which includes Laing O’Rourke Australia Construction, will progress to the competitive bid phase.
Each group will be asked to detail how it would deliver the project, including the design, construction and commissioning of an electric railway with supporting systems and five new stations.
The five stations will be built at Morley, Noranda, Malaga, Whiteman Park and Ellenbrook. There is also a future station planned at Bennett Springs East, as population levels increase and development progresses in the area.
Spurring from the Midland Line at Bayswater Station, the 21-kilometre Morley-Ellenbrook Line will run up the middle of Tonkin Highway, through land north of Marshall Road, along Drumpellier Drive and finish in the Ellenbrook town centre.
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Early works are taking place now as part of the major re-development of Bayswater Station. When complete the station will form a junction for the Morley-Ellenbrook Line, Forrestfield Airport Link and the Midland Line.
WA Premier Mark McGowan said this is the beginning of an era of possibility for our local construction industry, who stand to benefit from the construction of a rail line to Ellenbrook and wider METRONET program.
“Leading up to procurement, we engaged with hundreds of local businesses and subcontractors so they were prepared to bid for the huge range of work available through all stages of the project,” he said.
WA Transport Minister Rita Saffioti said it’s another major step forward for the Morley-Ellenbrook Line project, which is the final missing piece for transport infrastructure in the north-eastern suburbs of Perth.
“METRONET projects like the Morley-Ellenbrook Line are not just about building these important public transport links – they will also create thousands of jobs for WA residents and play a big part in WA’s COVID-19 economic recovery.”