Southern rail link on track
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.