Saffioti appoints Metronet program leader

WA Transport minister Rita Saffioti has appointed former Infrastructure Australia board member Anthony Kannis to lead a multi-agency team to drive the McGowan Government’s Metronet rail upgrade program.

The specialist team will include experts from the Department of Transport, Public Transport Authority, Main Roads WA, Metropolitan Redevelopment Authority, the Department of Finance, Treasury, and the soon-to-be-established Department of Planning, Lands and Heritage.

Saffioti named Kannis, who worked for six years on the Infrastructure Australia Board, to lead the team, which will develop Metronet – a staged, multi-billion-dollar rail expansion and upgrade program aimed at transforming Perth’s urban transport network.

“This team will comprise of experts from a variety of fields, who will work together under one office to deliver the best land use, transport and finance outcomes for Metronet,” Saffioti said. “Metronet is not only a transport plan but a blueprint for creating a network of well-connected activity centres across Perth.”

The first stage of METRONET includes:

  • Completion of the Forrestfield-Airport Line (Expected completion end of 2020);
  • Building the Yanchep extension (Expected completion 2021);
  • Building the Thornlie to Cockburn line (Expected completion 2021);
  • Planning and construction of the Morley-Ellenbrook Line (Expected completion 2022);
  • Building the Byford extension (Expected completion 2023);
  • Starting a program of removing level crossings on the Armadale, Fremantle and Midland lines; and
  • Building new stations at Karnup and Midland.

Part of the first stage of Metronet will also include planning for an inner suburb light rail system, as well as improving bus services and circle routes, and “creating better synergies” between cycling and public transport, Saffioti said.

“The team will combine their expertise to achieve these outcomes and deliver on the McGowan Government’s plan to connect our city, reinvigorate suburbs, cut congestion and create thousands of jobs in the process,” she concluded.