$4.1 billion investment into WA Metronet
Posted on 15 May 2019
The West Australian government has committed $4.1 billion to the ongoing Metronet works, which includes approximately 72 kilometres of new passenger rail and up to 18 new stations. One of the key focuses of the project is to increase connectivity across Perth’s metro area and surrounding suburbs, with a high emphasis on creating jobs for West Australians.
Premier Mark McGowan has stated the following, “Not only will it create a more sustainable and connected city as we continue to grow, the construction of METRONET will create thousands and thousands of jobs.
“Creating jobs is a key focus of the Budget and with a record investment for METRONET, we are creating a pipeline of work for Western Australians.”
Many of the Metronet projects are already underway, with hopes that much of the new rail will be operational in 2021. This includes a much-anticipated Forrestfield link that will connect Perth Airport with the city, a new Morley-Ellenbrook line to accommodate for the new developments in the area and many improvements or extensions to existing lines.
Plans are also underway for a new rail car manufacturing facility in Bellevue. It is expected to produce 246 new rail cars over the next 10 years to accommodate for the rail expansions and will also provide local employment with at least 50% of the manufacturing of cars to be carried out locally.