Metronet Yanchep work can now start

Wanneroo MLA Sabine Winton, Butler MLA John Quigley, Transport Minister Rita Saffioti, Premier Mark McGowan, Pearce MHR Christian Porter, Burns Beach MLA Mark Folkard and City of Wanneroo Mayor Tracey Roberts in Alkimos today. Picture: Anita McInnes

SITE clearing and ground preparation for the Metronet Yanchep rail line can now start as the state government prepares to sign a contract with an alliance of companies next month.

On Sunday, November 24 state and federal politicians turned the sod in Alkimos and a Welcome to Country was conducted to mark the start of work on the 14.5km project, which will have stations at Alkimos, Eglinton and Yanchep and 2000 car bays once completed.

Premier Mark McGowan said the $531.7 million project would create jobs and give the many thousands of people moving to the northern suburbs access to good public transport.

“People in the northern suburbs have been waiting for this rail line for a long period of time,’’ he said.

“We’re very pleased now to be starting work.

“The rail line itself will be finished in 2021 and we’ll start the testing process and services will be operational by 2022.

“It’s all about creating jobs, connecting people, connecting suburbs ensuring the people of Western Australia have access to the very, very best of public transport and services on offer.’’

NEWest Alliance involving CPB Contractors and Downer has been named as the preferred proponent for both the Metronet Yanchep and Metronet Thornlie-Cockburn projects with more than 3000 jobs expected to be created between the two projects.

Other works including geotechnical investigations and site surveys have been happening for some months with several major works contracts worth about $8m in total set to be awarded or out for tender.

Pearce MHR Christian Porter, who is a Yanchep resident, said finally having a rail link all the way to Yanchep so there was a 49-minute trip into the city was going to make all the difference.

“It’ll help everyone in their day-to-day lives and their day-to-day commutes and get them home to their kids much, much earlier,’’ he said.

Mr Porter said the federal government was contributing $350m to the Yanchep project.

Transport Minister Rita Saffioti, who acknowledged Butler MLA John Quigley and City of Wanneroo Mayor Tracey Roberts’ advocacy for the project, said by 2031 it was predicted that 174,000 people would be living around the three train stations.

Ms Saffioti said the state government was delivering infrastructure when families needed it and not getting caught 10 years behind.