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Preferred contractor selected for two METRONET projects

Thornlie-Cockburn Link

An alliance has been selected as the preferred contractor for two of Perth’s METRONET projects, the Yanchep Rail Extension and Thornlie-Cockburn Link.

NEWest Alliance, made up of CPB Contractors and Downer EDI, will work closely with the Public Transport Authority to progress the design and construction schedule, with the contract to be signed next month.

The projects are expected to create 3000 jobs and aim to give residents of Perth’s northern and eastern suburbs greater access to employment, training, entertainment and recreation hubs.

The Yanchep Rail Extension will add 14.5 kilometres to the Joondalup Line, with stations to be built at Alkimos, Eglinton and Yanchep. Early works are underway, with construction set to begin in 2020 and the first trains expected to run in 2022.

The Thornlie-Cockburn Link aims to close a 14.5 kilometres gap in the eastern rail corridor and link communities between the Mandurah and Armadale lines. Stations will be built at Ranford Road and Nicholson Road in Canning Vale, with significant upgrades planned for Thornlie and Cockburn Central stations.

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NEWest Alliance will build the railway and stations, relocate freight lines, extend station platforms, construct new road over rail bridges and other associated works

Downer Chief Executive Officer Grant Fenn said Downer had a long and successful history of safely delivering transport infrastructure projects for its customers.

“We are pleased that our expertise in the design and construction of heavy rail, tracks, stations and rail bridges has been recognised,” Fenn said.

“We look forward to working with our partners to deliver this important project for the Western Australian Government and the people of Perth.”

CPB Contractors Managing Director Juan Santamaria said the company is proud to be playing a key role in the landmark METRONET project and to support the ongoing development of Perth as a vibrant, world-class city.

“As Australia’s leading provider of rail infrastructure, we’re committed to working closely with the WA Government and local communities to safely deliver this key component of Perth’s public transport system.”

Work on the METRONET projects are expected to begin this year and be completed in 2023.

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