Works to prepare for the rail corridor in the Tonkin Highway median have begun, while new designs for Midland Station are released.
The current works include the construction of two underpasses with dive structures to enable the line to enter and exit the highway, as well as travel underneath the Reid Highway and Tonkin Highway interchange.
A road and bus bridge will also be built at Broun Avenue, including a bus interchange station, to enable access to the Morley Station.
The Tonkin Gap project is one of a number of major infrastructure projects in Western Australia that have been accelerated to encourage the economy to recovery after the COVID-19 pandemic.
The works follow the signing of the contract for the construction of the Morley-Ellenbrook line.
“We now have workers on the ground starting the vital enabling works for the train to travel down Tonkin Highway to Ellenbrook,” said WA Transport Minister Rita Saffioti.
“These works will create thousands of local jobs and opportunities for local businesses.”
The rail enabling works are expected to be complete in late 2022 and the full Tonkin Gap project in late 2023.
Updated concept designs for Midland Station
Revised concept station designs have been released for the new Midland Station, also part of the WA Metronet program.
The new station will involve decommissioning the existing Midland Station and building a new station closer to commercial and health facilities and better integrated with the surrounding community.
The project also involves the removal of the Helena Street level crossing and a new crossing at Cale Street for more efficient traffic movements.
The alliance contract for the station works is expected to be awarded in mid-2021.
Saffioti said the project would link with the new railcar manufacturing site.
“The new station will also link to Metronet’s Bellevue Depot, making it the first landmark our brand new C-Series trains will pass through on their way to regular service on the network.”
The station will also service the nearby Midland TAFE, where a purpose-built training facility for rail courses was recently finished.