Passengers to save time and money, as WA Labor build METRONET

Posted on January 18, 2021
  • McGowan Government METRONET 2017 election commitment being delivered
  • New cheaper fares under a re-elected McGowan Labor Government
  • Forrestfield-Airport Link project on track to have trains running later this year
  • Nine METRONET projects currently under construction, including the Morley-Ellenbrook Line
  • Regular Ellenbrook passengers to save as much as $360 a year under WA Labor
  • Morley-Ellenbrook Line project creating and supporting 6,500 local WA jobs

METRONET is being built across Perth suburbs, with passengers to now save time and money under a re-elected McGowan Labor Government’s plan for cheaper public transport fares.

Works are currently progressing on nine separate METRONET projects including the much anticipated Morley-Ellenbrook Line, a key commitment from the last election by Mark McGowan and WA Labor.

Under WA Labor’s cheaper fares policy regular Ellenbrook passengers could save up to $360 a year, with the SmartRider Autoload fare to the city to cost just $3.92.

Main construction work is expected to be completed by 2023-24 on the $1.1 billion project, which is the single biggest Perth rail project since the Mandurah Line was built in 2007.

The fast-growing north eastern suburbs were let down by the previous Liberal Government who broke their promises to build a rail line to Ellenbrook.

As promised by WA Labor, early works started on the project in late 2019 and continues to progress, including enabling works as part of the Tonkin Highway Gap project and other associated works at the new Bayswater Station.

The construction of the rail line, five new stations and enabling works across supporting key infrastructure projects will create more than 6,500 WA jobs providing a massive boost to WA businesses, the local economy and secures an ongoing pipeline of work in WA.

The Morley-Ellenbrook Line comprises stations at Morley, Noranda, Malaga, Whiteman Park and Ellenbrook, with a future station at Bennett Springs East, and is expected to take more than 10,000 car trips off roads in the north-eastern suburbs each day.

The estimated 30-minute direct journey from Ellenbrook to Perth CBD, without the need to transfer trains, will halve the current travel time for local residents using public transport.

Comments attributed to Premier Mark McGowan:

“This is a significant transformation for our north eastern suburbs which has been a long time in the making.

“Not only are we building significant transport infrastructure, we’re also making it cheaper for people to use. 

“The rail line to Ellenbrook is a much-needed project that only WA Labor could deliver.

“Building the Morley-Ellenbrook Line and constructing METRONET across Perth has been a key commitment my Government continues to deliver on.

“Only a re-elected WA Labor government will be able to see this project and our commitments through.

“Only WA Labor can be trusted to deliver METRONET, we have the experience and a track record of delivering projects we promise.”

What the McGowan Labor Government is already delivering:

  • ●       Nine METRONET projects underway across WA:
    • Airport Line
    • New Bayswater Station
    • Bellevue Railcar Manufacturing Facility
    • Byford Rail Extension
    • Denny Avenue Level Crossing Removal Project
    • Mandurah Station Multistorey Carpark
    • Morley-Ellenbrook Line
    • Thornlie-Cockburn Link
    • Yanchep Rail Extension
  • Projects currently in the planning or procurement phase:
    • Lakelands Station
    • Level Crossing Removals along the Inner Armadale Line
    • Karnup Station
    • Midland Station upgrade