Metronet information in Yanchep

Paul Jordan of Yanchep attended an information session about the Yanchep rail extension on Saturday. Picture: Anita McInnes

ABOUT 170 people attended a Metronet Yanchep rail extension information session at Oldham Park clubrooms on Saturday, July 20.

According to Metronet information sheets available at the session, which ran from 9am to noon, passengers who get on the train at the Yanchep station can expect to arrive in Perth in 49 minutes.

Yanchep resident Paul Jordan, who attended the information session, said as well as owning property in the area he was a regular traveller to the city for work so the rail line would offer convenience for people like him.

By 2031 the Yanchep station, designed to have a cut-and-cover construction, 1000 parking and 10 motorcycle bays, 14 bus stands, passenger amenities and cycling facilities, will cater for an estimated 11, 032 daily boardings.

Once passengers who board at either the Eglinton or Alkimos stations are accounted for the Yanchep rail extension is expected to cater for a total of 19,440 daily boardings by 2031.

The Yanchep station will be built south of the future Toreopango Ave, north of Yanchep Beach Rd, east of Marmion Avenue and west of Wanneroo Rd, positioning it centrally to the future Yanchep city centre’s main retail and commercial areas.

“Classed as a city-type are the walkable area around the station covers most of the planned Yanchep city centre, which will be progressively developed on land privately owned by Yanchep Beach Joint Venture,’’ the information sheet said.

The Eglinton station will have 400 parking and 14 motorcycle bays, eight bus stands, passenger amenities and cycling facilities with an estimated 4792 boarding daily – the journey from Eglinton to Perth is expected to take 46 minutes.

It will take passengers boarding at the Alkimos station an estimated 41 minutes to arrive in Perth.

Also incorporating a cut-and-cover tunnel construction the Alkimos station with about 3616 daily boardings will have 600 parking bays, eight bus stands, passenger amenities and cycling facilities.

The 14.5km extension of the Joondalup rail line requires the Butler station to be modified into a through station.

Information sheets said to reduce noise and improve overall amenity for nearby residents and businesses the Public Transport Authority infrastructure project would be built in a cutting.

The rail line will travel through some parks and recreation sites and a Bush Forever area.

“While every effort was made to avoid these areas, including careful consideration of alternative alignments, the undulating landscape, tight rail curve(not confirming to strict railway design standards) and impact on existing and future residents meant this was not viable,’’ the information sheet said.

“One parks and recreation site will have a fauna underpass and four fauna underpasses will be built through the Bush Forever area – in these areas every effort will be made to minimise impacts.

“During construction, any areas marked for clearing will be inspected for animals to be relocated beforehand.

“Relocation by a verified specialist will be timed, where practicable, to prevent coinciding with the main nesting-breeding season of fauna species – usually spring and summer.’’

“Some clearing will be required for the Yanchep rail extension, which will require approval under the Environmental Act 1986.’’

The Metronet team is holding another drop-in session on Tuesday, July 31 from 6pm to 8pm at the Butler Community Centre, Butler.