WA Cabinet have endorsed the project definition plans for the Thornlie-Cockburn Link and Yanchep Rail Extension.
This is an important step as it means the general scope and contract method for the two projects are now approved, allowing the projects to move into the procurement phase for construction to begin in 2019.
Recognising the potential savings that can be achieved, the projects will be delivered together by one contractor, generating more than 3,000 jobs for Perth.
After the options analysis work during the business case phase, we knew the preferred solutions were:
• Yanchep Rail Extension: Joondalup Line extension with three stations at Alkimos, Eglinton and Yanchep
• Thornlie-Cockburn Link: relocating the freight lines to make room for passenger rail from Thornlie to Cockburn Central with new stations at Nicholson and Ranford roads
Since then the METRONET Office with its partner agencies and stakeholders, have completed early engineering designs, environmental and ground analysis and land use planning to inform transport infrastructure design and construction requirements.
The result is a more detailed scope of each project, which will be used during procurement to select a contractor to deliver the work.
There's also a suite of fact sheets available on the web pages for each project (links in the quote above).
Construction of both is expected to begin next year.