Major link between Armadale and Mandurah rail lines delayed until 2023 after $200m cost blowout

 

News article: Major link between Armadale and Mandurah rail lines delayed until 2023 after $200m cost blowout

The budget for one of the WA Government's signature Metronet rail projects blows out by more than $200 million, with the completion date also pushed out by two years.

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Opposition Shadow Transport Minister Libby Mettam said the blowout amounted to 51 per cent of the initial cost and was a failure by the State Government.

"Just like Yanchep and Ellenbrook rail, construction has been delayed," she said. "This is not only of great concern for the residents of these areas who were promised a rail line in 2021 and will get something two years later.

"It's holding up valuable federal funding and holding up construction jobs as well." Ms Mettam said the reasoning behind the blowout would not wash with the WA public. "What we have seen by this Government since their first term is that their Metronet projects have all been delayed," she said. "They've missed every milestone and they have failed to deliver."
Opposition Shadow Transport Minister Libby Mettram


At least this Government is actually building something, unlike the last one in WA that cancelled or postponed rail projects it had promised.

Major link between Armadale and Mandurah rail lines delayed until 2023 after $200m cost blowout

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I moved to Perth in 2001 to work on this bid, which was scheduled to open in 2003 and which was canned, but I am pleased to see the revised line even if it delayed trains to Mandurah by 3 years. Yes, we were aware of the pipeline in 2001 and had designs to accommodate the pipeline and the quadding. Masts on the current line were located to accommodate the future junction and, of course, the tunnel was built for the chord. Sometimes, the existing knowledge gets forgotten or ignored, or just retires.

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