Cab­i­net nod for train link

Cockburn Gazette - - NEWS - Jes­sica Nico

CON­STRUC­TION on the Thorn­lie-Cockburn link is ex­pected to be­gin next year af­ter State Cab­i­net ap­proved a busi­ness plan for the project re­cently.

Dur­ing a me­dia con­fer­ence at Cockburn Cen­tral train sta­tion on Tues­day morn­ing, Premier Mark McGowan said the busi­ness case for the Thorn­lie-Cockburn link and Yanchep rail ex­ten­sion would be sub­mit­ted to In­fra­struc­ture Aus­tralia for ap­proval be­fore con­struc­tion 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 Thorn­lieCock­burn link will be­gin at the Cockburn Cen­tral train sta­tion and 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.

State Trans­port Min­is­ter Rita Saf­fi­oti said they were two “very sig­nif­i­cant projects” which were needed in those ar­eas.

“The rail con­nec­tions for the both the north­ern sub­urbs and through Can­ning Vale have long been talked about,” she said.

“These plans recog­nised rail as es­sen­tial in­fra­struc­ture and an im­por­tant travel op­tion to help con­nect and move peo­ple liv­ing and work­ing in the area.

“The Thorn­lie to Cockburn con­nec­tion is a very im­por­tant con­nec­tion giv­ing peo­ple across this cor­ri­dor bet­ter ac­cess to pub­lic trans­port and tak­ing pres­sure off the Man­durah line.”

Ms Saf­fi­oti said the Gov­ern­ment was were aim­ing for both lines to be open in 2021.

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