MELconnx Consortium has been awarded the main construction contract worth A$700m ($495.4m) by the state government of Western Australia for the METRONET Morley-Ellenbrook rail line in Australia.

Laing O’Rourke Australia Construction is leading the consortium, which also includes British engineering company, Arup.

Furthermore, the Commonwealth and State Governments jointly funding the railway line project.

The contract award follows the selection of MELconnx Consortium as the preferred proponent last month to construct and design the project, which will connect the north-eastern suburbs directly with the Perth passenger rail network.

Starting at Bayswater Station on the Midland Line, the new 21km rail line travels in the centre of Tonkin Highway, through land north of Marshall Road, along the western side of Drumpellier Drive and ends in Ellenbrook, south of The Parkway.

The scope of work on the contract will include the construction of the rail line, five new stations at Morley, Noranda, Malaga, Whiteman Park and Ellenbrook as well as an option to construct a future station at Bennett Springs East.

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According to the Western Australian government, the METRONET Morley-Ellenbrook rail line is estimated to take over 10,000 car trips off roads in the north-eastern suburbs each day by 2031.

Western Australian Transport Minister Rita Saffioti said: “The community have been waiting a long time for their railway – we promised it in 2017 and when we were lucky enough to be elected to Government, we immediately began planning the project.

“The McGowan Government is spending almost $12 billion on building the transport infrastructure over the next four years, creating thousands of local jobs and opportunities for local businesses.”

The main construction work on the project is expected to be concluded in 2023-24.


The 21km Morley-Ellenbrook Line to take over 10,000 car trips off roads in the north-eastern suburbs each day. (Credit: METRONET.)