Another tick for Yanchep train

Metronet Yanchep is one of three new high priority projects assessed by Infrastructure Australia. File picture

SIX train services will be provided from Yanchep towards the CBD during the morning peak hour once the Joondalup line is extended, according to a business case assessed by Infrastructure Australia.

The business case put forward by the McGowan Government shows Metronet Yanchep will extend the Joondalup line from Butler station to Yanchep, 14.5 km to the north, with new stations at Alkimos, Eglinton and Yanchep.

The new line will include grade separations and over-bridges at key road crossings.

Parking bays will be provided at each station, and upgrades to the bus network will increase feeder services, enabling more people to travel to and from the train stations using buses.

Planning Minister Rita Saffioti said the Yanchep rail extension was assessed by Infrastructure Australia as one of eight high priority projects as it would provide more transport choices for residents and reduce demand on the roads, particularly in peak periods.

Ms Saffioti said the priority list classed projects as an infrastructure solution that had been positively assessed and was underway.

The Infrastructure Australia infrastructure priority list report said the Metronet Yanchep business case was evaluated on October 18.

Once completed the rail extension is expected to address Perth’s north-west sub-region rapid population growth.

“After 2021, this growth is anticipated to increasingly concentrate in the City of Wanneroo due to its supply of undeveloped urban-zoned land and continuing demand for coastal living,’’ the report said.

“By 2050, the City of Wanneroo is projected to accommodate nearly three-quarters of the sub-region’s total population.

“Without high-quality public transport services, Perth’s growing but low density northern suburbs risk having high levels of car ownership and use.

“This is already placing pressure on the road network and causing congestion.’’