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First test trains on Yanchep Line

Yanchep test

 

The METRONET Yanchep Rail Extension has hit a major milestone with the first test train running on the new tracks.

The project will see the Joondalup Line extended 14.5 kilometres north from Butler, and three new stations built in Alkimos, Eglinton and Yanchep.

The extended line will connect tens of thousands of people in the city’s growing northern corridor to Perth’s metropolitan rail network for the first time and help develop activity centres by stimulating new employment opportunities and residential and commercial land use.

The first test train marked the start of an extensive testing and commissioning program, which will ensure all infrastructure and systems are operating effectively and trains are running safely, efficiently and smoothly.

The 14.5 km extension has seen approximately 41,085 sleepers and 90,000 tonnes of ballast installed, while three new fauna bridges are the first to be built over rail in Western Australia.

When passenger services start in 2024, it will be a 49-minute journey from Yanchep to Perth, a 46-minute journey from Eglinton to Perth and a 41-minute journey from Alkimos to Perth.

In preparation of the opening in 2024, community consultation will be undertaken in the New Year to plan for the new and amended bus routes that will support the new stations.

The METRONET Yanchep Rail Extension is jointly funded by the Australian and Western Australian governments.

Federal Infrastructure and Transport Minister Catherine King said projects like the METRONET Yanchep Rail Extension highlighted the importance of Australian and State governments working together to provide safer, faster and more efficient transport links.

“The METRONET Yanchep Rail Extension will create social and economic benefits for locals commuting south and visitors who want to explore Perth’s beautiful northern suburbs,” she said.

Western Australian Transport Minister Rita Saffioti said in 2024, people living in communities like Yanchep, Alkimos and Eglinton would be connected to the state’s world class metropolitan rail network for the first time, creating social and economic benefits for locals commuting south and visitors who want to explore the beautiful northern suburbs.

“The first test train on the tracks represents a major milestone for the METRONET Yanchep Rail Extension Project – and means new train services through Alkimos, Eglinton and Yanchep are just around the corner,” she said.

“The METRONET Yanchep Rail Extension and recently opened Mitchell Freeway extension represent more than $1.2 billion of investment in better connecting to Perth’s growing northern suburbs and highlights the importance our Government places on providing safer, faster and more efficient transport links.

“New and amended bus routes will support the new stations and service planning alongside community consultation will ensure the needs of the community are met.”