METRONET’s Thornlie-Cockburn Link project has received all necessary Federal and State environmental approvals, with early works now underway in Perth.
The Department of Environment and Energy has given the project the green light in addition to the previous approvals from the WA Environmental Protection Authority and Environment Minister Stephen Dawson.
The Thornlie-Cockburn Link aims to close a 14.5 kilometres gap between the Mandurah and Armadale lines. New stations will be built at Ranford Road and Nicholson Road, with Cockburn Central and Thornlie stations to receive significant upgrades.
CPB Contractors and Downer were the successful bidders for the Thornlie-Cockburn Link and Yanchep Rail Extension project contracts.
Environmental submissions for the project included detailed responses to significant environmental issues raised from public and regulatory agencies.
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WA Transport Minister Rita Saffioti said the environmental and heritage considerations are a key priority for the Thornlie-Cockburn Link, with the approvals marking an important step forward for the project.
“The State Government is strongly committed to sustainable development, and we want to ensure this important project provides the amenities and features the community wants, and that it is delivered in a sustainable way,” she said.
“This new rail service will deliver more than 1600 jobs and create greater transport connectivity and convenience throughout our southern suburbs. This will make our State even more liveable and commercially stronger.”
Clearing of native vegetation will be required before construction can commence. The environmental conditions outlined in the approvals help to ensure this is done in a responsible way.
Fauna trapping will also be carried out in habitat areas by licensed contractors before clearing can commence. Any captured fauna will be relocated to a suitable location under the advice from the Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions.
“It is important that we meet our environmental obligations for the sustainable delivery of our infrastructure commitments” said Thornlie MLA Chris Tallentire. “It is fantastic to see that we have reached yet another important milestone for this project.”
“The METRONET Thornlie-Cockburn Link will bust congestion and provide our local community with greater connectivity with Perth city and the broader metro area. We are delivering on our local commitments and creating jobs for our local community.”