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