Metronet info sessions in Butler and Yanchep

The Yanchep rail extension, which will extend the Joondalup line 14.5km from Butler to Yanchep, includes plans for train stations at Alkimos, Eglinton and Yanchep.

RESIDENTS who want to find out more about Metronet can attend community drop-in sessions in Yanchep and Butler this month.

The Metronet team is holding a drop-in session on Saturday, July 21 from  9am to noon at the Yanchep Community Centre, Yanchep and one on Tuesday, July 31 from 6pm to 8pm at the Butler Community Centre, Butler.

City of Wanneroo Mayor Tracey Roberts has welcomed Metronet’s announcement that the Yanchep rail extension project – to extend the Joondalup line 14.5km from Butler to Yanchep – can progress to the next phase, following endorsement of the project definition plan by the WA Cabinet.

As part of the rail extension project, train stations will be built at Alkimos, Eglinton and Yanchep.

The next phase will secure procurement for the project’s construction, with works expected to start in 2019.

Cr Roberts said the City of Wanneroo had been campaigning for the rail extension to Yanchep for several years and was thrilled the extension was a step closer.

“When complete, the rail extension – together with the new freeway extension – will provide essential transport links to connect our residents in the northern suburbs of Alkimos, Eglinton, Two Rocks and Yanchep with the rest of Perth,” she said.

“I am pleased that the state and federal governments recognise the challenges faced by our growing communities in the north, and are investing in vital infrastructure that will service our residents now and into the future.”

She said Wanneroo’s population of 208,000 was predicted to reach 400,000 by 2036, including significant growth in the northern coastal corridor, which included Alkimos, Eglinton, Two Rocks and Yanchep.

The McGowan Government said both the Thornlie-Cockburn link and Yanchep rail extension projects would be submitted to Infrastructure Australia in coming weeks.

The two projects have a combined budget of $1.056 billion through a joint funding arrangement with the commonwealth funding $700 million and the state government $356m.

The state government said completion of the project definition plans confirmed positive benefit cost ratios for each project, which would meet the precondition for the commonwealth government’s funding, which was subject to positive business cases.

A tender seeking consultants to carry out geotechnical and groundwater investigations for both Metronent projects has already been released and will inform further detailed design for the railways.

Transport Minister Rita Saffioti said the rail connection plan for the northern suburbs recognised rail as essential infrastructure and an important travel option to help connect and move people living and working in the area.

“We have developed plans to ensure this investment creates places where people can live the lifestyle they choose and still have the option to access jobs, schools, the CBD and other facilities like the airport and stadium,’’ she said.

“The station designs will be the first examples of the new Metronet approach to integrated transport and land use planning as they accommodate day one of operations, but are flexible enough to change as development around the station occurs in the future.’’

Premier Mark McGowan said he had seen firsthand the transformative effects rail projects could bring to a community after the Mandurah line was built.

“Development around train stations can take many years, however Metronet puts these areas in a good position to maximise our investment and create connected, liveable communities,’’ he said.

“Collectively, these two projects will generate more than 3000 jobs for WA.

“Combining the two projects into one main contract should generate significant savings for WA taxpayers.”