Planning for potential future Perth-Bunbury faster rail

Trish Sunga Trish Sunga Australasia Press Office,Sydney
14 September 2022

Arup, in partnership with KPMG and MER Consult, is pleased to have been awarded the Strategic Business Case project for a potential future faster rail link between Perth and Bunbury (approximately 200km south of Perth).

The Strategic Business Case will help to guide future investment decisions by outlining the economic, social and transport outcomes associated with options to improve public transport travel between Perth, Bunbury and surrounding areas. 

The joint federal and state funded planning study will consider a range of potential public transport links between Perth and Bunbury, with the Strategic Business Case expected to be ready in mid-2024.

“This strategic business case is the first step in understanding what a faster rail transport link between Perth and Bunbury might look like. It will use population data, travel patterns, land use planning and other metrics to assess the project’s benefits, which will help guide us when making decision about its development,” said Hon Rita Saffioti MLA, Minister for Transport; Planning; Ports.

“This is a great opportunity to help shape regional communities and connections between Perth and the South West through preserving a future alignment for a faster rail service,” said Darryl Patterson, Project Director, Arup.