The McGowan Government has begun the process for its METRONET Morley to Ellenbrook line, beginning the search for a builder for the project.
The government has released a Request for Proposal (RFP)to the market on Thursday, in an effort to kickstart delivery of the project.
Under the request, companies have been called on to design, construct and commission the new the METRONET rail line under a “competitive alliance model”.
It is expected to create thousands of local jobs.
The two best submissions for the main works contract will be shortlisted, with the shortlisted companies to provide a detailed bid indicating how they plan to deliver the project.
Main works is the largest of four works packages that will deliver the Morley-Ellenbrook Line, including the Bayswater Station upgrade and Tonkin Gap projects.
The process will lead to the main contract being awarded later this year, adding to the construction expected to be underway as part of the Bayswater Station and Tonkin Gap.
Five stations will be built as part of the project including Ellenbrook, Whiteman, Malaga, Noranda and Morley with a future-proofing provision for a sixth station at Bennet Springs East.
Transport Minister Rita Saffioti said it was a big opportunity for companies to design and build the project.
“The McGowan Government is getting on with the job of building critical public transport links, and I would urge local companies to put their best foot forward and bid for the chance to deliver this key rail line,” Ms Saffioti said.
“The Request for Proposal for the Morley-Ellenbrook Line marks another significant milestone for this major METRONET project.”
Premier Mark McGowan said the construction of the project would boost employment in the state.
“My Government’s number one priority is local jobs – major METRONET infrastructure projects like the Morley-Ellenbrook Line will create thousands of local opportunities as well as improving public transport options across our suburbs, Mr McGowan said.
“This year alone we will have an unprecedented six METRONET projects underway, creating thousands of local jobs and opportunities for local businesses.
“This is a great opportunity for local businesses to be involved in being a part of creating and building Western Australia’s public transport network.”