Arup shortlisted for new Morley-Ellenbrook rail line

Jennifer Shand Jennifer Shand Australasia Press Office,Sydney
13 May 2020

The Western Australian Government has announced the two proponents shortlisted  to bid for the alliance contract to design and build its new rail line, the METRONET Morley-Ellenbrook Line in the capital city, Perth. 

Arup is part of the MELconnx Consortium, led by Laing O’Rourke Australia Construction. 

The contract will include the design, construction and commissioning of the 21km passenger rail line with supporting systems and five new stations. The new line will connect Ellenbrook, in the north-eastern suburbs, to a new station at Bayswater, providing connections to two other rail lines and bus services. 

New stations will be built at Morley, Noranda, Malaga, Whiteman Park and Ellenbrook, with the option to build a future station at Bennett Springs East as population grows in the area. 

Arup’s deep understanding of the project dates back to early 2018, when it was commissioned by METRONET as lead consultant to deliver the Engineering and Land Use study.

WA Transport Minister Rita Saffioti described the Morley-Ellenbrook Line project as ‘the final missing piece for transport infrastructure in the north-eastern suburbs of Perth’.

METRONET projects like the Morley-Ellenbrook Line are not just about building these important public transport links – they will also create thousands of jobs for WA residents and play a big part in WA’s COVID-19 economic recovery. ” Rita Saffioti WA Transport Minister

The Morley-Ellenbrook Line has recently been added to the Infrastructure Australia Priority List, identified as being of strategic importance and will “improve and integrate transport options within the corridor, reducing car dependency and easing traffic congestion”. Infrastructure Australia found the project held a benefit-cost ratio of 1.20, providing $430 million in wider economic benefits across the community. 

The preferred tenderer is expected to be awarded later this year.