Transport Minister Rita Saffioti, today introduced the Railway (METRONET) Amendment Bill 2019 to Parliament, authorising the construction of the Morley-Ellenbrook Line.
Once approved, the Morley-Ellenbrook Line will be the third railway line covered by the Railway (METRONET) Act, which was passed in November 2018 for the Yanchep Rail Extension and Thornlie-Cockburn Link.
A major election commitment, the 21km line will spur off the Midland Line at Bayswater, run down the middle of Tonkin Highway, through land north of Marshall Road, along the New Lord Street alignment and finish in the growing Ellenbrook town centre.
Passengers leaving Ellenbrook by train will have a journey of about 30 minutes to the CBD, with the train stopping at new stations at Whiteman Park, Malaga, Noranda and Morley, with Bennett Springs East to be added in the future, when planning in the area is finalised.
Thousands of local jobs will be created over the life of the project, with works to begin later this year as part of the major redevelopment of Bayswater Station.
Procurement for the main construction works for the project will begin in early 2020.
As stated by Transport Minister Rita Saffioti:
“I have always said the McGowan Labor Government would build the Morley-Ellenbrook Line – even if I had to lay the track myself.
“This Bill will enshrine this promise in legislation, making sure Perth’s fast growing north-eastern suburbs get the train they so badly need.
“Thousands of local jobs will be created over the life of the project, with works to begin later this year as part of the major redevelopment of Bayswater Station.
“When complete the train line will halve travel times for commuters catching public transport from Ellenbrook and by 2031 it is estimated it will take more than 10,000 car trips off roads in the north-eastern suburbs each day.”