Passenger Rail

$1.34 billion in WA budget for Metronet

Perth B-series train. Credit: Creative Commons / DBZ2313

The Western Australian government 2017-18 budget has allocated $1.34 billion over the next four years for its Metronet project.

A major part of the project is the Forrestfield-Airport Link, for which the government has allocated $406.5 million for the 2017-18 financial year, and which is expected to be complete by late 2020.

The Thornlie-Cockburn Link and the Yanchep Rail Extension are also seeing a large allocation of funds over the next four years – $423 million and $440.8 million respectively.

“We’re building Metronet and in the process delivering our election commitments,” premier Mark McGowan said.

“Metronet will be built by Western Australians, for Western Australians.

“It will create thousands of jobs and will deliver world-class public transport across Perth.”

However, the budget indicates that the estimated cost for each of these projects has increased compared to pre-election forecasts: the Thornlie-Cockburn line is now expected to cost a total of $536 million (a $61 million increase), while the cost of the Joondalup-Yanchep line has risen to $520 million (a $134 million increase).

$22.1 million has been allocated for planning and design work for the Morley-Ellenbrook Line and the Byford Rail Extension.

$70 million will go towards removing the Denny Avenue level crossing in Perth, and towards planning for level-crossing removals at Caledonian Avenue, Oats Street and Wharf Street.

$28.2 million of funds are heading for the Midland Station project, which will see the relocation of the existing station Cale Street and an extension of the line to Bellevue.

$101.3 million has been committed towards new stations and existing station upgrades, and includes funds for planning the new Karnup Station on the Mandurah Line, while $16.1 million has been allocated for a new multi-storey carpark at Mandurah Station.

State treasurer Ben Wyatt stated that the allocation of $1.34 billion to the Metronet project showed the government was making strides towards realising its election promises.

“In this budget, Metronet is funded predominantly from the reallocation of state and federal government funding from the now cancelled Perth Freight Link project,” the treasurer said.

“As promised, additional land sales and a new value-capture method will be used to offset the cost of Metronet, with $104.8 million of revenue expected over the forward estimates.”