Public say sought on Morley-Ellenbrook rail plan

Federal Shadow Transport Minister Anthony Albanese, Federal Leader of the Opposition Bill Shorten, Maylands MLA Lisa Baker, WA Transport Minister Rita Saffioti and Premier Mark McGowan.
Federal Shadow Transport Minister Anthony Albanese, Federal Leader of the Opposition Bill Shorten, Maylands MLA Lisa Baker, WA Transport Minister Rita Saffioti and Premier Mark McGowan.

RESIDENTS and businesses along the proposed Morley-Ellenbrook rail line can now provide feedback through an online survey after the State Government launched the project’s first public consultation process.

The survey, about the travel habits and future needs of the community, will contribute to the Government’s planning for the Metronet rail project.

Residents along, or close to, the future corridor in Morley, Noranda, Caversham, Malaga, Ballajura, Bennett Springs, Dayton, Aveley, Henley Brook, Brabham, Ellenbrook and surrounding suburbs will receive information in their letterboxes this week.

The rail line aims to provide northeast suburbs with improved transport connections and create new communities around integrated station precincts.

Transport Minister Rita Saffioti said she had worked closely with the Metronet team, local governments and stakeholders and it was time to hear from residents.

“Building a rail line to Ellenbrook is a major priority for the State Government and since starting the project from scratch last year, we have made significant planning progress,” she said.

“To ensure the rail line represents the best outcome for the local community, we want to understand and hear from residents on what your community means to you and what you’d like to see it look like in the future.”

Morley MLA Amber-Jade Sanderson encouraged Morley and Noranda residents to have their say.

“The new train line will reduce congestion on our local roads and make it easier and safer for residents to commute to school and work,” she said.

Swan Hills MLA Jessica Shaw said combined with the Lord Street upgrades, East-West Bus Link and NorthLink WA, residents would have the infrastructure they need.

“Ellenbrook rail will transform the area; it will activate our town centre and make it the satellite city that was envisaged 20 years ago,” she said.

Work has started on assessing the technical feasibility of the preferred alignment, including preliminary site investigations, land use planning and concept design, potential grade separations and stations. The work will be supported by planning specialists when the major consultancy tender is awarded in a few weeks.

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