USD 2.7 billion for Western Australia’s Metronet projects

Under the 2018-2019 budget, Western Australian Government allocated AUD 3.6 billion (USD 2.7 billion) for Metronet railway projects, making the largest investment for railway infrastructure across the state.
Transport Minister Rita Saffioti said that “this budget provides the biggest passenger rail investment in WA history and will transform Perth into the city we aspire it to be in the future – more sustainable, more connected and more vibrant.”
Within the budget, the Forrestfield-Airport link received a AUD 515 million (USD 386.67 million) some of which will be allocated towards building a turn back facility at Claremont and upgrading Bayswater Station.
Also, AUD 536 million (USD 402.4 million) was allotted for the extension of the Thornlie Line to Cockburn Station on the Mandurah Line, including two new stations at Nicholson Road and Ranford Road.
AUD 420 million (USD 315.3 million) will be used to extend the northern suburbs rail line to Yanchep, including three stations at Yanchep, Eglinton and Alkimos, as well as bus interchanges and park and ride facilities.
To continue other key Metronet projects, USD 37.5 million is allocated and USD 51.8 million will be invested in removing one of Perth’s most dangerous level crossings – Denny Avenue in Kelmscott.
Also, Metronet programme envisages the acquisition of 102 new railcars or 17 six-car trainsets, with delivery of the first sets due to begin in 2021. USD 381.4 million is committed in this budget for this order, with further funding earmarked for an additional 24 six-car sets to replace the ageing A-Series trains used on heritage lines. The pre-qualification tender for the overall project to build 246 new Metronet railcars includes a local content target of at least 50 per cent for the manufacturing of new railcars.