Rail link closer

The Cock­burn-Thorn­lie rail link to Can­ning Vale is an­other step closer.

Canning Times - - NEWS - Jes­sica Nico

CON­STRUC­TION on the Thorn­lie-Cock­burn Link is ex­pected to be­gin next year af­ter State Cab­i­net ap­proved a busi­ness plan.

Premier Mark McGowan an­nounced the busi­ness case for the Thorn­lie-Cock­burn link and Yanchep rail ex­ten­sion last week.

He said it would be sub­mit­ted to In­fra­struc­ture Aus­tralia for ap­proval be­fore ten­ders went out.

“The ex­pec­ta­tion is we’ll have one con­tract for both rail lines,” he said.

“Com­bin­ing the two projects into one main con­tract should gen­er­ate sig­nif­i­cant sav­ings for WA tax­pay­ers.”

The 17.5km Thorn­lie Cock­burn link will be­gin at Cock­burn Cen­tral train sta­tion and will in­clude new sta­tions at Ran­ford Road and Ni­chol­son Road in Can­ning Vale, con­nect­ing through to the Thorn­lie train sta­tion.

The cur­rent com­bined bud­get for the two projects is $1.056 bil­lion, which in­cludes $700m of Fed­eral Govern­ment fund­ing.

Trans­port Min­is­ter Rita Saf­fi­oti said they were two “very sig­nif­i­cant projects” needed in those ar­eas.

“Thorn­lie to Cock­burn is a very im­por­tant con­nec­tion, giv­ing peo­ple across this cor­ri­dor bet­ter ac­cess to pub­lic trans­port and tak­ing pres­sure off the Man­durah line,” she said.

She said com­mu­nity con­sul­ta­tion was fruit­ful.

“I am pleased our con­sul­ta­tion with res­i­dents has led to changes, so there will be more bal­last mat­ting un­der new pas­sen­ger lines and un­der the freight line be­tween Thorn­lie and Cock­burn to re­duce noise and vi­bra­tion,” she said.

“As a re­sult, noise and vi­bra­tion be­tween Thorn­lie and Cock­burn will be kept to the same or lesser lev­els to that gen­er­ated by the ex­ist­ing freight line.”

Ms Saf­fi­oti said the Govern­ment was aim­ing for both lines to be open in 2021.

Trans­port Min­is­ter Rita Saf­fi­oti speaks to jour­nal­ists about the Thorn­lie-Cock­burn link at Cock­burn Cen­tral Sta­tion last week.

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