Metronet, a multi-government agency in Western Australia responsible for managing extensions to Perth’s transport network, announced that its Thornlie-Cockburn Link (TCL) project has received state and federal environmental approval.

With the approvals, the TCL project will close a 14.5km rail gap between Mandurah and Armadale lines.

As part of the project, new stations will be constructed at Ranford Road and Nicholson Road while Cockburn Central and Thornlie stations will be renovated.

TCL is considered to be the first east-west railway link in Perth connecting the Mandurah and Armadale lines, passing through the existing rail corridors in south-east suburbs of Perth.

Estimated to cost A$535.8m ($379.3m), the new line will offer a flexible rail connection with the city while supporting development across the southern suburbs.

The project is expected to create employment, sporting and recreation opportunities at Canning Vale, Cannington Strategic Metropolitan Centre, Burswood Peninsula, and the eastern central business district (CBD).

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The environmental approvals follow the beginning of last year’s early works to lengthen the Karel Avenue bridge to make room for the new rail corridor. Main Roads had also started early works for TCL’s tie-in to the Mandurah Line as part of the ongoing Kwinana Freeway widening works.

Metronet stated that the environmental submissions for the project included responses to the environmental issues raised from the public and regulatory agencies.

Metronet has selected CPB Contractors and Downer to build the Thornlie-Cockburn Link and Yanchep Rail Extension projects.

Western Australia Transport Minister Rita Saffioti said: “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.

“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.

“This new rail service will deliver more than 1,600 jobs and create greater transport connectivity and convenience throughout our southern suburbs. This will make our State even more liveable and commercially stronger.”


Image: Rendering of METRONET’s train. (Credit: Metronet.)