Ellenbrook train line takes baby step with tender awarded for engineering and planning

Transport Minister Rita Saffioti.
Transport Minister Rita Saffioti.

PERTH’S most wanted train line is the tiniest of steps closer to becoming a reality.

The State Government has awarded a tender for the engineering and planning of Metronet’s Morley-Ellenbrook line.

WA consultancy group ARUP will investigate and plan the early stages of the project as part of a business case to put forward to the Government.

Consultancy groups Roberts Day and Ernst and Young will also assist.

Concept designs will follow once the business case has been confirmed.

Transport Minister Rita Saffioti said the Government had entered a “far more detailed planning phase” after community consultation.

“We recently revealed concept plans for the Bayswater Station upgrade, which will start construction next year and form the first stage of works for the Morley-Ellenbrook Line,” she said.

This stage of planning would involve route options, land investigations and concept designs including stations and surrounding areas.

A tender for similar work on the Karnup station, in Perth’s far south, had been awarded to GHD Pty Ltd.

A tender for the new Midland Station and Midland Line extension to Bellevue would be awarded soon.

Businesses can bid for Metronet opportunities at the Tenders WA website.