Cabinet nod for train link
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.