Western Australia’s Morley-Ellenbrook Line upgrade, part of the METRONET project, has been added to Infrastructure Australia’s Priority List for its strategic importance.
The national independent advisory agency found the Morley-Ellenbrook Line will improve and integrate transport options within the corridor, reducing car dependency and easing traffic congestion.
WA Premier Mark McGowan said the positive assessment comes after a comprehensive options development identified more than 100 options, before a shortlist of four options were assessed using a cost-benefit analysis.
“Infrastructure Australia found the project held a benefit-cost ratio of 1.20, providing $430 million in wider economic benefits across the community,” he said.
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“Early work on the project began late last year, with the start of upgrades to new Bayswater Station. Construction on the Tonkin Gap project, which will provide enabling works for the rail line, will begin in coming months.”
A shortlist of contractors was recently announced for the main package of works on the Morley-Ellenbrook Line. The major works contract is expected to be awarded later this year.
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.
New stations will be built at Morley, Noranda, Malaga, Whiteman Park and Ellenbrook, with the option to build a future station at Bennett Springs East.