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A tender for engineering and planning for the Morley-Ellenbrook line has been awarded.

Ellenbrook line progress but Porter still critical

A TENDER for engineering and planning for the Morley-Ellenbrook line has been awarded and applications are now open to help develop a business case for the project.

Transport Minister Rita Saffioti said Perth-based consultancy group ARUP had been chosen to work with the Metronet team to investigate and plan the early stages of the Morley-Ellenbrook line. 

Ms Saffioti said once the business case had been finalised and a preferred option was confirmed, work would start to develop the concept designs to inform a final government investment decision, enabling the project to move into procurement and delivery.

She said to ensure the project represented the best outcome for local communities, the work undertaken would include route option analysis, preliminary land use investigations, planning and concept designs, including any grade separations, stations and surrounding precincts.  

This work would be a key input into the wider economic analysis and business case development work, which would be contracted separately in the coming months.

Ms Saffioti also said a tender for the new Midland station and Midland line extension to Bellevue would be awarded soon. 

Meanwhile, Pearce MHR Christian Porter said after WA Labor failed to provide any construction money for Ellenbrook rail in their 2017 budget he had been working hard to make sure those living in the community did not miss out.

“It’s critical that we work hard to provide our local community the same job and education opportunities as those people who live in the city – that’s why the funding is so important,’’ he said.

“It’s disappointing to see WA Labor promise the Ellenbrook train line at the election in 2016 as fully funded and then not include it in its budget after the election. 

“I want to help our community make this project a reality.”

A spokesman for Ms Saffioti said the 2017 Budget included the item – Metronet – rail line planning – the Authority will spend $22.1 million across 2017-18 and 2018-19 to undertake planning for the Morley-Ellenbrook rail line and extension of the Armadale line to Byford.

About Anita

Anita Mcinnes received a highly commended in the 2009 WA Media Awards suburban section for her reporting. Two of her sons were born at Swan District Hospital and for many years she was a partner in a small business, which operated in the Gingin-Muchea-Bullsbrook area. As a mature age student Anita studied journalism at Curtin University before working in Busselton, Dunsborough and Rockingham with West Regionals. She says the best part of her job is meeting eastern suburb residents and visiting the many attractions in the area.

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