State Government reveals Metronet plans for Alkimos transport precinct

An artist's aerial impression of the Alkimos Central train station precinct.
An artist's aerial impression of the Alkimos Central train station precinct.

THE State Government has revealed plans for a transport-focused community surrounding the future Alkimos train station, which is expected to provide a jobs boost in the northern suburbs.

Due to open in 2021, Alkimos will be the first train station along the Yanchep rail extension, and will form the focal point of the new Alkimos Central community.

The WA Planning Commission recently approved the structure plan for Alkimos Central, which will be a hub for a projected population of 60,000 in the fully developed Alkimos-Eglinton District.

Development of LandCorp’s 212ha site east of Marmion Avenue will start with earthworks in mid-2019, with a mix of residential, retail, recreational, entertainment and commercial uses.

The central train and bus station means the development will be one of the first transit-oriented developments delivered in the northern suburbs through the Metronet program.

An artist’s impression of the Alkimos station precinct.

Premier Mark McGowan said the precinct would embody the aims of the Metronet program.

“This will provide a boost of around 15,000 jobs in the northern suburbs, including construction jobs and new employment opportunities,” he said.

“Metronet is more than an integrated public transport plan connecting Perth’s suburbs.

“It’s also about creating communities where people can live and work, while being able to access services and public transport.

“Alkimos Central will provide the focal point for up to 13,500 local jobs needed in Alkimos and Eglinton to meet employment self-sufficiency targets, while the construction of the Yanchep rail extension is expected to generate more than 1600 jobs.”

Transport and Lands Minister Rita Saffioti said Alkimos Central would serve as a destination to visit, work and shop.

“It will feature a significant retail area, mixed density residential development, business and service industrial precincts, plus a civic and cultural zone,” she said.

“There are also plans for district playing fields and an indoor recreation centre.”