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Investment opportunity: the Yanchep Rail Extension and the Thornlie-Cockburn Link


Two METRONET projects are moving to the next phase.

The Yanchep Rail Extension and  The Thornlie-Cockburn Link are now moving into the procurement phase with construction set to begin in 2019. 

METRONET is an integrated public transport and land use project, where the goal is to create communities where people want to work, study and live in and around Perth, Western Australia. 

The METRONET Office, with its partner agencies and stakeholders, has completed early engineering designs, environmental and ground analysis and land use planning to inform transport infrastructure design and construction requirements for two projects: the Yanchep Rail Extension and The Thornlie-Cockburn Link.

The projects are now moving into the procurement phase with construction set to begin in 2019. Recognising the potential savings that can be achieved, the projects will be delivered together by one contractor.

Overview: Yanchep Rail Extension

The Yanchep Rail Extension is a 14.5 kilometres project that will deliver the last proposed section of the Joondalup rail line from Butler to Yanchep, helping to support ongoing growth in the area, as well as reducing road congestion.

With stations planned at Alkimos, Eglinton and Yanchep, early designs detail how the stations will fit within the planned development and still cater for passengers on day one of operations.

In the short-term, the Yanchep Extension Project will help develop activity centres by stimulating new employment opportunities in the Yanchep Strategic Metropolitan Centre and supporting higher density land use. In the long-term, the extension will help move the more than 150,000 future Yanchep-Two Rocks residents.

Click here to view a video of the project.

Overview: The Thornlie-Cockburn Link

The Thornlie-Cockburn Link will be Perth’s first east-west connection, making travel around the city by train more flexible and providing a higher level of public transport service to Perth’s southern suburbs.

Connecting the Mandurah and Armadale lines will open up new opportunities for longer term developments around the future Nicholson Road and Ranford Road stations.

The Thornlie-Cockburn Link will support growth and accessibility across the southern suburbs by providing direct access to employment, sporting and recreation opportunities at Canning Vale, Cannington Strategic Metropolitan Centre, Burswood Peninsula and the eastern CBD.

Click here to view a video of the project.

What’s next

The rail infrastructure procurement process will start in July, with the contract awarded in 2019 for construction to begin shortly after.

Industry briefing and capability register

Construction and related companies are encouraged to attend an industry briefing on Wednesday, 18 July at the Perth Convention and Exhibition Centre.

Visit METRONET at their drop-in sessions

If in Western Australia, pop in to a drop-in session to meet the project team and have your questions answered.

  • Thurs, 19 Jul - 6pm-8pm - Willow Pond Reception Centre, Canning Vale
  • Sat, 21 Jul - 9am-12noon - Oldham Park Clubrooms, Yanchep
  • Sat, 28 Jul - 9am-12noon - Willow Pond Reception Centre, Canning Vale
  • Tues, 31 Jul - 6pm-8pm - Butler Community Centre
  • Sat, 4 Aug - 9am-12noon - Success Library, Success

For more information
Please contact Trade & Investment Manager Charlotta Andresson at 

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