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An artist’s impression of the Malaga Station, which Transport Minister Rita Saffioti described as a key station across the entire Transperth network.

Ellenbrook line grows

THE State Government’s announcement of stations on the Morley to Ellenbrook line means much more than just a new avenue for transport, according to Transport Minister Rita Saffioti.

The 21km rail-line will be serviced by new stations in Morley, Noranda, Malaga, Whiteman Park and Ellenbrook, with a combined 3300 parking bays, 46 bus stands, four bus interchanges, three tunnels and two viaducts expected to service 11,700 passengers on its opening day, increasing to 18,070 by 2031.

That difference in population is a key factor, with Ms Saffioti telling Echo News she expects the certainty of the rail line to drive population growth through the north-eastern corridor of the City of Swan.

However she also pointed to Malaga station as one of the key stations, not just on the Ellenbrook line, but across the entire Transperth network.

“I think first of all the importance of the Malaga station as a key hub of activity for not only those living in Bennett Springs but also those living in Ballajura the Alexander Drive corridor,” she said.

“Something that’s not well-known yet is the Malaga station really provides a new connection for those people.

“It’s anticipated the Malaga station will be a key hub of activity, which is why we’ve got 1100 car bays at Malaga because we see it as collecting or attracting a lot of people.

“Malaga tends to get overlooked because it’s tucked away, but it’s going to be the major station and all the modelling shows it is going to be one of the key stations not just across the Ellenbrook rail line but the total Transperth network.”

The train line is also expected to make home and land packages more attractive to potential buyers, with Ellenbrook just half-an-hour from the City with key stations Whiteman Park (25 minutes) and Malaga (21) even closer.

“We’ve seen huge activity in Dayton and  particularly Brabham recently,” Ms Saffioti said.”

“Brabham has grown exponentially and some of the figures that came out pre-COVID, land prices and house prices, indicated Brabham was doing well compared to other suburbs.

“There’s been a huge increase in Brabham activity and the feedback I’ve got from the City of Swan is that has continued particularly with the house and land package announcement the State Government made.

“The reality of having a rail-line is now there, I think Brabham in particular will continue to see a lot of activity until it’s built out.

“Henley Brook is the next front, that development process is well underway, but I think this is a really attractive area, with Northlink cutting travel time and the certainty that there will now be a rail-line built.”

While a timeline for the completion of the rail line and station won’t be announced until September or October, Ms Saffioti said the option for yet another station – Bennett Springs East – would be announced sooner rather than later.

“We’re building the rail line in the area to make sure there’s the capacity to build a station easily, so we’ll basically pre-condition the entire area both in respect to the land we require to the way the rail line is built to have it all ready to go.

“Once a decision has been made and funds have been committed to that Bennett Springs station, we can then easily build it.”

City of Swan mayor Kevin Bailey said the City was pleased to see the vision for a train station in Ellenbrook finally released, but also expressed concern over the City’s long-proposed Whiteman Regional Sports Precinct.

“This will revolutionise the way our communities in Ellenbrook, Ballajura and Brabham travel to and from the City, increasing efficiencies and reducing traffic congestion,” he said.

“We’re expecting ongoing growth in this region as land opens up for infill developments, and public transport is the key to sustainable growth.

“We’re excited to see the release of the final plans soon, and hope that the government is able to retain a significant portion of land for the proposed Whiteman Regional Sports Precinct along Marshall Road, the future sports capital of Perth’s entire northern region.”

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