Full head of steam for rail link

North Coast Times - - FRONT PAGE -

CON­STRUC­TION on the Yanchep rail ex­ten­sion is on track to start next year af­ter State Cabi­net ap­proved a busi­ness plan for it and the Thorn­lie-Cock­burn link re­cently.

Premier Mark McGowan said the busi­ness case would be sub­mit­ted to In­fra­struc­ture Australia for ap­proval be­fore con­struc­tion ten­ders went out.

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

The Yanchep rail ex­ten­sion will add 14.5km to the Joon­dalup train line, ex­tend­ing from But­ler sta­tion to Yanchep through two more sta­tions at Eglin­ton and Alki­mos.

The com­bined bud­get for the two projects is $1.056 bil­lion, in­clud­ing $700 mil­lion of Fed­eral Gov­ern­ment fund­ing.

Trans­port Min­is­ter Rita Saf­fi­oti said they were aim­ing to open both lines in 2021.

Wan­neroo Mayor Tracey Roberts said the mile­stone was im­por­tant for the City’s grow­ing pop­u­la­tion, ex­pected to reach 400,000 by 2036.

“The rail ex­ten­sion – to­gether with the new freeway ex­ten­sion – will pro­vide es­sen­tial trans­port links to con­nect our res­i­dents in the north­ern sub­urbs,” she said.

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