Morley-Ellenbrook railway project achieved the most significant milestone with the first tracks being laid north of the future Whiteman Park station through to the Gnangara Underpass and along Drumpellier Drive, including 1.5 km of ballast and sleepers installed along the alignment.
The line will give people living and working in Perth’s north-eastern suburbs more transport choice providing increased capacity and fast services.
The railway line starts at Bayswater station on the Midland Line, which will also improve connectivity with the Forrestfield Airport and Morley-Ellenbrook lines, travelling in the centre of Tonkin Highway, through land north of Marshall Road, along the western side of Drumpellier Drive (formerly New Lord Street) and ends in Ellenbrook, south of The Parkway.
Under the project, five stations will be built and two (Ellenbrook and Bayswater stations) will be upgraded and modernised, while there are also plans to build new stops to provide increased access. In addition, the areas around each station will be planned to provide access to more housing, jobs, community services, tourism and recreation opportunities over the next 30 years.
The 21.3 km railway line will link Ellenbrook and Bayswater, connecting to the Perth CBD in 30 minutes following the completion of the project.
The project is the most significant expansion of the Perth rail system since the Mandurah Line, with passenger traffic expected to reach 18,000 trips per day by 2031.
The Morley-Ellenbrook railway project is part of Metronet programme to develop the rail transport in its area. This includes the construction of 72 km of lines dedicated to passenger traffic and 23 stations. The programme covers the implementation of 16 projects including the modernisation of existing lines and expansions, new stations and upgrading the existing ones. Under this strategy, the signalling and control systems will be upgraded and integrated into a CBTC system which will allow increased train frequency.
Train procurement is also included in Metronet programme which covers the manufacturing of 246 new C-series railcars to replace the older A-series trains and new diesel railcars to replace the existing Australind service between Perth and Bunbury. The rolling stock will be constructed at Bellevue plant operated by Alstom which won a EUR 800 million contract in 2019 to deliver 41 six-car EMUs and 2 three-car DMUs. Options are included for 30 additional electric multiple units. The first electric train has been delivered in August 2022.