With the release of their Project Definition Plan, the Morley-Ellenbrook line came one step closer to fruition today.
The 21 kilometre rail line is the State’s biggest public transport project since construction of the Mandurah Line, includes new stations at Ellenbrook, Whiteman Park, Malaga, Noranda and Morley and will connect the north-eastern corridor to a redeveloped Bayswater Station and then onto the city.
In a sign of solidarity, Attorney-General Christian Porter, member for Pearce, lauded the line moving forward.
“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.”
The Perth CBD will be as close as 15 minutes when boarding at Morley and just 30 minutes from Ellenbrook – making it the quickest transport option available for nearby residents.
Integration with the Midland Line will also give passengers improved access to other destinations on the rail network, including Perth Airport.
Works will be delivered through four key packages, early works kicked off at Bayswater Station late in 2019.
The contract for the Tonkin Gap project and associated enabling works for the Morley-Ellenbrook Line was today awarded to the Tonkin Gap Alliance, comprising of BMD, Georgiou, WA Limestone, BG&E and GHD.
This project will support around 3,000 local jobs while fixing a major bottleneck on Tonkin Highway between Morley and Redcliffe, which more than 120,000 cars and trucks use on an average weekday.
Two proponents have been shortlisted for the main construction contract Ellenbrook Alliance (CPB Contractors and Downer EDI) and MELconnx Consortium (Laing O’Rourke Australia Construction), with the main contract expected to be awarded later this year.