WA announces a USD 4 billion Metronet budget

budget for MetronetThe Government of Western Australia has announced a AUD 5.7 billion (USD 4 billion) state budget for Metronet projects in Perth suburbs over the next four years. AUD 27 billion (USD 19.36 billion) is the total value of the budget which will support infrastructure investment construction and manufacturing works for Metronet and major roads across Western Australia.

AUD 1.7 billion (USD 1.2 billion) investment will be provided during 2020-2021 financial year.

The Government has secured more than AUD 1.5 billion (USD 1 billion) in funding for Metronet projects from the Commonwealth Government, allowing the major projects to be delivered with responsible financial management.

The budget secures the Government’s commitment to deliver projects such as the Morley-Ellenbrook line, the Byford rail extension and the new Midland Station.

The 2020-21 state budget for Metronet includes:

  • AUD 354.5 million for the Forrestfield-Airport Link project, set to be completed in late 2021;
  • AUD 275.3 million to procure 246 new locally made railcars and establish a local assembly and manufacturing facility at Bellevue;
  • AUD 195 million for the Thornlie-Cockburn link, Perth’s first east-west rail connection;
  • AUD 184.7 million for the Yanchep Rail Extension, with three new train stations;
  • AUD 144.6 million for removal of level crossings, including the underway Denny Avenue level crossing removal project and early works for three other crossings on the Armadale line, with planning underway on a further three level crossings;
  • AUD 207.2 million for other projects such as the Morley-Ellenbrook line, Byford rail extension and Midland station project;
  • AUD 92.3 million for the construction of the new Bayswater station;
  • AUD 31.5 million to deliver a multi-storey car park at Mandurah station; and
  • AUD 16.3 million to help plan and build Lakelands station.

Metronet public transport projects will be also supported by investment in a large number of road projects, and additional projects funded through the Public Transport Authority’s 2020-21 budget which includes AUD 8 million (USD 5.7 million) to upgrade Cannington, Gosnells and Kelmscott stations to ensure they comply with the Disability Discrimination Act, AUD 7 million (USD 5 million) to upgrade the level crossings on the South-West Main Line and AUD 1.8 million (USD 1.3 million) to install solar panels on up to 60 bus and train stations.

Metronet comprises 16 projects of which 7 are under construction this year with additional projects in planning due to commence later this year or in 2021.

Final negotiations for the major construction contract for the Morley-Ellenbrook Line are underway and expected to be completed soon. This is the final construction contract associated with the Metronet project.

Other major projects are in procurement phase, with works to commence shortly, including the anticipated Byford rail extension, new Midland station and the removal of three level crossings along the Inner Armadale Line.


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