Full head of steam for rail link
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.