Metronet: Yanchep rail extension plans on track, PTA says

The site of Eglinton Station.
The site of Eglinton Station.

INFRASTRUCTURE Australia accepted final documents for the Yanchep rail extension this month, with construction due to start late next year.

The 14.5km Metronet project will include three train stations, parking, road connections and a dual use path.

The Metronet office said Infrastructure Australia’s August 1 decision to accept the project for evaluation was an exciting milestone as the State Government sought Commonwealth funding for it and the Thornlie-Cockburn link.

While the Public Transport Authority did not provide the expected completion date, spokesman David Hynes said the project was on track for construction to start in 2019.

“An alliance tender to deliver the main construction works will be released in the coming months,” he said.

“This alliance contract will develop the final design for the stations and rail alignment, in consultation with key stakeholders.”

More than 240 people attended two information sessions last month, in Yanchep and Alkimos.

“Support for the project was strong, with the major topics of discussion being about parking and the bus feeder network,” Mr Hynes said.

“Further information sessions will be held over the coming years as the project moves from planning into construction.

“During project delivery a community advisory group will be formed, made up of local residents with an interest in this important project.”

The project will include 1000 parking bays at the Yanchep station, 600 at Alkimos and 400 at Eglinton.

“The number of parking bays at each station is based on predicted demand from the community in the first few years of operations,” Mr Hynes said.

He said future land use outcomes could see the number of parking bays decrease at Yanchep and increase at the other two stations.

“As with the Butler extension, final planning for the feeder bus network has not yet been decided and will be determined in consultation with the community closer to the time of opening,” he said.

“Each station will include a bus station.”

Mr Hynes said PTA and Metronet would work with local government, Main Roads WA and developers regarding construction of nearby roads.

The Alkimos and Eglinton stations will be within zone five and have the same fare rate as Butler, while the Yanchep station will fall within the sixth zone.