Western Australia Minister for Transport Rita Saffioti
Byford Rail Extension Takes Next Step Forward
Victor P Taffa
- Stage 1 of business case for Byford rail extension submitted to Infrastructure Australia
- Armadale Line will be extended by almost 8 km to Byford
- Extension will create more transport and employment opportunities for the fast-growing southern suburbs
- McGowan Government’s METRONET projects on track and will create thousands of local jobs
Byford rail extension has reached another milestone with the Stage 1 Business Case submission sent to Infrastructure Australia, an important step in securing additional Federal funding for the important project.
“Byford rail extension is an important METRONET project and our submission to Infrastructure Australia shows we continue to pursue it as a priority project.” Minister for Transport Rita Saffioti said.
“Our METRONET projects are pressing ahead at full steam with the Forrestfield-Airport Link on track to open in late 2021, upgrades to Bayswater Railway Station to start at the end of this year and the recent route alignment for the Morley-Ellenbrook Line announced.”
McGowan Government has already successfully secured some Federal Government funding for key projects, with $750 Million allocated across the forward estimates for projects under development, such as the Byford project.
A key McGowan Government election commitment, the extension will see an additional 8 km of rail added to the Armadale Line, extending it out to the fast-growing suburb of Byford, which is set to double in population by 2036 to 35,000 residents.
Rail line will also provide a public transport solution to the growing population in the Serpentine-Jarrahdale area, which has almost tripled in population since 2011 to 27,000. Similar growth rates are expected to continue into the future, with a further 100,000 expected to move to the area by 2050.
Rail extension will provide more public transport opportunities for residents in Perth’s fast-growing southern suburbs, linking the community to major activity centres and employment hubs including Armadale, Cannington and the Perth central business district, with work on the line tracking ahead and construction expected to start in 2021.
It will also include futureproofing a staged extension to Mundijong to ensure the project integrates with potential longer-term land use and transport outcomes for the area.
METRONET is working closely with Infrastructure Australia and the Commonwealth Government to prepare the Stage 2 submission.
Next phase involves further business case development, including engineering and land use planning to support long-term growth in the Armadale and Byford areas while exploring potential railway station locations and land use opportunities.