Federal Opposition Leader Bill Shorten has promised a $700 million funding commitment towards the Morley-Ellenbrook Metronet line if they win the next federal election.
The commitment comes after $20 million was allocated in the 2017-18 State Budget to begin detailed planning and design work on the project.
The Morley-Ellenbrook line will serve Perth's rapidly growing north-eastern suburbs, connecting them to world-class public transport, reducing road congestion and creating jobs.
It will also open new development areas along the way, creating well-connected new communities around station precincts.
The Metronet Team has begun work to progress detailed planning and design for the rail line to Ellenbrook, including finalising the precise route and station locations, station precinct planning and considering land sales and value capture opportunities.
Construction of the project is set to get underway in 2019. Additional State funding will be allocated as part of subsequent budgets following the development of the business case.
Premier Mark McGowan has said the project will get underway in 2019, however Ellenbrook residents have been waiting for several years for a train line and are not waiting with bated breath.
"This is the first time the State Government has received a funding commitment from a Federal Government or Federal Opposition towards the train line to Ellenbrook. This project will create local jobs and finally deliver world-class public transport to the north-eastern suburbs," he said.
"I welcome Bill Shorten's commitment and look forward to building the rail line to Ellenbrook.
"We would like to see the Federal Government now match or better this commitment to the Morley-Ellenbrook line."
Transport Minister Rita Saffioti said that linking passengers to major employment hubs at Malaga and Morley was important for local job creation.
"The Morley-Ellenbrook line is the missing spine in our rail network; it will ease road congestion throughout the north-eastern suburbs and create local jobs," she said today.
Read more Perth Metronet news:
- Metronet Industry Briefing for Local Suppliers WA
- Metronet WA Public Construction Briefing
- Perth Metronet Tenders for Design and Market Research
For notifications of all tenders issued by the WA Government see Australian Tenders.