First track laid for METRONET Yanchep Rail Extension in Perth

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The first 2.7km track has been laid for the METRONET Yanchep Rail Extension project over a seven-week period in Perth.

Reaching this milestone involved laying ballast and sleepers, rail distribution, fastening, the installation of 124 masts with cantilevers and two signal bases over a seven-week period. 

The first 2.7 kilometres of track has been laid on the METRONET Yanchep Rail Extension Project, which is set to transform Perth’s northern suburbs and give more than 150,000 residents transport options in and around Perth.

Within the Ningana Bushland area, nearly 14,000 tonnes of ballast and close to 8,000 sleepers have been installed to form the first section of the 14.5 km extension.

“The laying of the new track on the METRONET Yanchep Rail Extension Project is a game-changer for people in Perth’s northern outer suburbs, contributing to the vision of better connecting major nearby population centres to the WA capital,” says Federal Minister for Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development and Local Government Catherine King.

“METRONET is providing the infrastructure Perth and the surrounding areas need, reducing congestion and delivering thousands of jobs,” says Federal Minister for Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development and Local Government Catherine King.

The METRONET Yanchep Rail Extension will deliver three new stations at Alkimos, Eglinton and Yanchep, extending the Joondalup Line from Butler.

Reaching this milestone involved laying ballast and sleepers, rail distribution, fastening, the installation of 124 masts with cantilevers and two signal bases over a seven-week period. 

“All up 14.5 kilometres of new track will be laid as part of this project, which will provide thousands of people living in our north access to a train line for the very first time,” says WA Premier Mark McGowan.

“The transformational METRONET program is delivering a major economic boost to our State and local economies and creating jobs for thousands of Western Australians,” says WA Premier Mark McGowan.

New technologies to assist the laying of the bottom ballast will increase efficiency and minimise waste across the project.

The Yanchep Station deck pour was completed in early April, the largest in volume project wide.

Three green fauna bridges, a major sustainability initiative on the project, are undergoing finishing works.

The first of their kind over rail in Western Australia, they will give native wildlife a safe crossing over the rail corridor and maintain habitat connectivity within the Ningana Bushland.

Vegetation chosen for the bridges will match the surrounding bushland and be planted in the cooler months.

“This is just another example of how our government is stimulating the economy, creating a pipeline of employment opportunities for our metropolitan areas and delivering transformational transport projects for the community,” says WA Transport Minister Rita Saffioti.

“The new track laid for the METRONET Yanchep Rail Extension Project will add both an essential travel option and convenience for many commuters who live in Perth’s outer northern metropolitan suburbs and who need to travel to the CBD or nearby,” says Federal Member for Pearce Tracey Roberts.

“This is another great example of the Australian Government working with the Western Australian Government to deliver this important piece of job creating infrastructure, further linking our local community to the centre of the WA capital,” says Federal Member for Pearce Tracey Roberts.

The Yanchep Rail Extension Project will support developing communities by stimulating employment opportunities and provide connection to the Perth CBD with only the two-zone cap, making it an accessible and affordable option for commuters.

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