Metronet’s first Yanchep rail extension information session highlights station locations

A Metronet fly-through video shows the location of the Yanchep station, north of existing development.
A Metronet fly-through video shows the location of the Yanchep station, north of existing development.

A PLANNED train station at the end of the Yanchep rail extension will be located farther north than some residents expected.

The first public information session on the Metronet project on July 21 attracted about 170 people, who learnt where the three stations in Alkimos, Eglinton and Yanchep would be located.

At Monday’s Two Rocks Yanchep Residents Association meeting, Wanneroo Deputy Mayor Nat Sangalli said it was a great turnout, but many people were not aware that the Yanchep station would be located away from existing development.

The station will be built north of Yanchep Beach Road, the light industrial area and St Andrew’s estate.

President Peter Wimsett said many people thought it would be near the Yanchep Central shopping centre.

Transport plans since 2011 have not included a south Yanchep station.

The Yanchep rail extension will include three stations.

Asked about the distance people would have to walk to stations, Cr Sangalli said bus services would increase when the stations opened.

She said the State Government appeared to be designing the rail extension to avoid issues experienced when the line to Butler was built.

“They were all very well-informed on the vibration issues that were a problem at Butler,” she said.

“The anti-vibration matting had been missed in some sections – they will be putting the matting down not only where there are existing houses, but where there are houses planned.

“There’s an extended buffer as well.”

A second information session is planned at the Butler Community Centre next Tuesday, July 31 from 6pm to 8pm. UPDATE, July 30: The venue has changed to Alkimos Pop-up Library, Gateway Shopping Precinct on Turnstone Street, Alkimos. 

Metrix Consulting is currently running an online survey about the first stage of Metronet projects, which closes on August 5.

For more information, visit metronet.wa.gov.au, email info@metronet.wa.gov.au or call 9326 3666.