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.
Metronet programme also envisages the acquisition of 102 new railcars or 17 six-car trainsets, with delivery of the first sets due to begin in 2021.