Yanchep rail wins support
INFRASTRUCTURE Australia has endorsed Federal funding of $700 million for Metronet projects to build the Thornlie-Cockburn link and Yanchep rail extension.
Acting chief executive Anna Chau said the Metronet program of rail projects was designed to address the problem of capacity constraints on Perth’s rail network, previously highlighted on the Infrastructure Priority List as an initiative requiring action in the short term.
Ms Chau said Infrastructure Australia had identified growing urban congestion in Perth as a nationally significant problem, driven in part by limited public transport options and a tendency towards low-density development which had led to high car use.
“As part of the overall program, the Yanchep rail extension and Thornlie Cockburn link will enable more people to use public transport and reduce pressure on the road network,” she said.
“Perth’s population has grown strongly over the past 20 years and is expected to increase from 2 million people in 2017 to 2.9 million people by 2031 and 3.5 million people by 2050.
“Creating more integrated transport networks will be essential to guard against congestion and overcrowding. Congestion on the Mitchell Freeway means that journeys on this road can take twice as long as they should, with cars travelling at an average of 50km/h in the morning peak when the speed limit is 100km/h.
“The Yanchep rail extension involves extending the Joondalup line from Butler station to Yanchep, with new stations planned for Alkimos, Eglinton and Yanchep.”
The Federal Government’s contribution will join the State Government’s commitment of $356 million for the two projects, which will be delivered under a single alliance contract.
Pearce MHR Christian Porter said the Yanchep Rail extension project would extend the Joondalup line 14.5km.
“The project is expected to stimulate new employment opportunities in the Yanchep area, address road congestion through enhanced connections and support future sustainable land use planning,” he said,
“More than 3000 jobs are expected to be created.”
Both rail extensions are now enshrined in law after State Parliament passed enabling legislation this month. Transport Minister Rita Saffioti said the State Government had worked with Infrastructure Australia to address their assessment criteria.