South­ern rail link on track

Canning Gazette - - FRONT PAGE -

THE Thorn­lie-cock­burn Link has fi­nally ticked all the nec­es­sary boxes for pre­con­struc­tion, with en­vi­ron­men­tal ap­provals con­firmed.

The Metronet pro­ject to ex­tend the rail line from Thorn­lie to Cock­burn sta­tions has re­ceived Fed­eral ap­proval from the De­part­ment of the En­vi­ron­ment and En­ergy, adding to prior ap­proval from the En­vi­ron­men­tal Pro­tec­tion Au­thor­ity and State En­vi­ron­ment Min­is­ter Stephen Daw­son.

It fol­lows the start of pre­lim­i­nary works late last year to lengthen the Karel Av­enue bridge and cre­ate space for the new rail cor­ri­dor, in ad­di­tion to works on Kwinana Free­way.

Clear­ing of na­tive veg­e­ta­tion is re­quired be­fore con­struc­tion can be­gin, sub­ject to strict en­vi­ron­men­tal con­di­tions out­lined in the ap­provals. Fauna trap­ping will also be car­ried out in habi­tat ar­eas by a li­censed con­trac­tor be­fore clear­ing, with any cap­tured fauna moved un­der ad­vice from the De­part­ment of Bio­di­ver­sity, Con­ser­va­tion and At­trac­tions.

Late last year the State Gov­ern­ment re­vealed the pro­ject would fin­ish two years be­hind sched­ule in 2023 and al­most $180m over the orig­i­nal bud­get.

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