The McGowan Government claims more than 3000 jobs will be created and supported during the construction of the Morley & Ellenbrook rail line, with more than 11,700 passengers are expected to travel on the rail line’s first day, and 18,070 daily boardings by 2031.
Dubbed as Western Australia’s biggest public transport construction project, the 21 kilometre railway line will have new stations including Ellenbrook, Whiteman Park, Malaga, Noranda, Morley, with the branch line to begin at Bayswater station.
In a joint press conference in Morley this morning, WA Premier Mark McGowan was joined by Transport Minister Rita Saffioti and Federal Finance Minister Mathias Cormann made the announcement.
“This year alone we have seven METRONET projects under construction, which is a significant transformation to our State’s infrastructure and public transport build,” he said.
“Our METRONET projects and the associated pipeline of work will help support local jobs and our COVID economic recovery.”
The new rail transport option will allow Morley residents to reach the city within 15 minutes, and 30 minutes from Ellenbrook.
The stations’ car parks will be able to accommodate 3300 cars, universal access, bicycle facilities, shared paths, 4 bus interchanges and toilets.
“Perth’s north-eastern suburbs are some of the fastest-growing population areas in Australia but they are still without a train link. The Morley-Ellenbrook Line will change all of that.
“However, this project is more than just a train line – it is about giving locals more options when choosing how they travel, where they work and where they want to live.”
“The estimated boarding’s of more than 11,000 for the first day of service shows how needed this train line is.”
Federal Liberal Pearce MP Christian Porter is delighted that the rail line project goes ahead.
“Like many in my electorate, I am delighted that this project is finally moving ahead and I know it will make a significant difference to the everyday lives of those who’ve been waiting so patiently for it,” he said.
“Once completed the Ellenbrook Rail Line will connect communities to jobs and services and unlock opportunities for business growth in our region.”
“This project will become a reality with a $500 million contribution from the Federal Liberal Government – money that was allocated in the Government’s 2018 budget.”
So far, two groups have been shortlisted by the government to compete for the main construction contract. They include the Ellenbrook Alliance (CPB Contractors and Downer EDI) and MELconnx Consortium (Laing o’Rourke Australia Construction), the main contract will be awarded later this year.