City of Wanneroo welcomes Metronet milestone for Yanchep rail extension

The Metronet project proposes to extend rail from Butler to Yanchep, with stations in Alkimos and Eglinton.
The Metronet project proposes to extend rail from Butler to Yanchep, with stations in Alkimos and Eglinton.

THE latest Metronet milestone is important for the City of Wanneroo’s growing population, Mayor Tracey Roberts said.

Mrs Roberts welcomed this week’s Metronet announcement that the Yanchep Rail Extension project can progress to the next phase, following endorsement of the project definition plan by WA Cabinet.

The next phase will secure a construction contract, with works expected to commence in 2019.

“The City of Wanneroo has been passionately campaigning for the rail extension to Yanchep for several years,” Mrs Roberts said.

“We are thrilled that it’s a step closer to becoming a reality.

“When complete, the rail extension – together with the new freeway extension – will provide essential transport links to connect our residents in the northern suburbs of Alkimos, Eglinton, Two Rocks and Yanchep with the rest of Perth.

“I am pleased that the State and Federal governments recognise the challenges faced by our growing communities in the north, and are investing in vital infrastructure.”

The City’s population is expected to increase from 208,000 now to 400,000 by 2036.

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