Construction work on the Thornlie-Cockburn Link can now begin, with the project passing through the state and federal environmental approvals process.
The project will connect the Mandurah and Armadale lines over 14.5km with new stations at Ranford Rd and Nicholson Rd. Station upgrades will also be carried out at Cockburn Central and Thornlie.
CPB Contractors and Downer will carry out the works, including those works mandated in the final environmental approvals.
Transport Minister Rita Saffioti outlined that the project as a whole has sustainability at its core.
“The McGowan Government is strongly committed to sustainable development, and we want to ensure this important project provides the amenities and features the community wants, and that it is delivered in a sustainable way.”
The project sought feedback from the community and submissions raised environmental issues.
To address this, clearing of native vegetation for the project will be done in an environmentally responsible way. Animals will also be captured and then released by a licenced contractor with advice from the Department of Biodiveristy, Conservation, and Attractions.
“Environmental and heritage considerations are a key priority for the Thornlie-Cockburn Link and these approvals mark an important step forward for this much anticipated project,” said Saffioti.
Thornline MLA, Chris Tallentire, said that the project will benefit the local community.
“It is important that we meet our environmental obligations for the sustainable delivery of our infrastructure commitments. It is fantastic to see that we have reached yet another important milestone for this project,” he said.
“The METRONET Thornlie-Cockburn Link will bust congestion and provide our local community with greater connectivity with Perth city and the broader metro area.”