Morley-Ellenbrook Line
  • Project FAQ's

  • Has the Business Case been submitted to Infrastructure Australia?

    The Business Case, identifying this alignment as the best option for a train line to Ellenbrook, is being finalised.  It will be endorsed by Cabinet and submitted to Infrastructure Australia in coming months. The project team are now working on the project definition plan, which outlines the technical scope and detail for the project.

  • How many options were considered for this line?

    As part of the planning process, more than 100 options were considered before being narrowed down to the final preferred option. Each option was assessed against project objectives and key criteria such as community benefit and opportunities, community and environmental impacts, development opportunities and rail operations as well as value for money and operating costs.

  • Is the acquisition of private land required for this project?

    A large portion of the train line will sit within existing road reserves and transit corridors. However as with most major public infrastructure initiatives, some land acquisition of private property may be required to deliver the project, this will be confirmed by ongoing design work. Should land acquisition be required, any affected landowners will be contacted directly and the valuation and land acquisition process explained in detail.

  • Will the line extend beyond Ellenbrook?

    Not as part of this project. However, the transit reserve does extend through the northern part of Ellenbrook. Design of the Morley-Ellenbrook Line will ensure any future extension is not precluded- but this will be subject to future planning and consideration by Government.

  • Why is the line travelling through the Ellenbrook Christian College?

    The train line and Ellenbrook Station will be built within an existing transit corridor that was reserved as part of the development plan for Ellenbrook in the early 1990’s. The transit corridor sits between the college buildings and the oval. The Swan Christian Education Association was aware of the corridor when they purchased the land for the school. The METRONET Office has been working closely with the school as part of the planning process and will continue to work with them, together with the PTA and construction contractor, to minimise impacts as much as possible.

  • Why couldn’t the line continue to travel along Tonkin Highway to Gnangara Road, along the western side of Whiteman Park?

    This option was considered in the early planning phase, however having the line in this location would not adequately service the growing suburbs on the eastern side of Whiteman Park such as Henley Brook, Dayton, Brabham and West Swan.

  • Will the stations be above or below ground?

    The stations will be located above ground due to the high water table along the alignment. Work is being undertaken to consider how development can best integrate with the stations including building up the surrounding land or elevating rail to reduce segregation.

  • When will a station be built at Bennett Springs East?

    The Bennett Springs community will be serviced by Malaga Station. Future proofing along the alignment will allow for an additional station at Bennett Springs East to be built as the surrounding rural area is further developed.

  • Are the station names the final? Is there any consideration of Noongar names for stations?

    The station names are current working names based on location. These will need to be reviewed by the Geographic Naming Committee before being confirmed. At this point, alternatives, including appropriate Noongar names, will be considered.

  • What are the next steps?

    The project team are continuing with detailed design and working on the project definition plan which outlines the technical scope and detail for the project.  We expect industry engagement to start before the end of the year.

  • What will be the estimated travel times on this new line?

    The train journey from Ellenbrook to Bayswater is estimated to be 18 minutes.  From there, passengers will have the choice of travelling onto Perth Airport (seven minutes), Midland (13 minutes), the Perth CBD (12 minutes) and beyond. The journey between each station on the Morley-Ellenbrook Line will be between three and five minutes.

  • How much parking will there be at the stations?

    This level of detail is not yet finalised. Station access including parking, feeder bus services, cycling and walking will be considered as part of the design process.

  • What environmental approvals are required for this project?

    The MEL project is likely to require environmental approvals under the State Environmental Protection Act 1986 (EP Act) and the Commonwealth Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 (EPBC Act).

  • With houses close to the rail line in some locations, will there be noise walls?

    This project is required to comply with noise regulations as outlined in State Planning Policy 5.4 - Road and rail transport noise and freight considerations (SPP5.4). Early modelling is currently underway along the proposed alignment and will be finalised once the project design is confirmed. This will help inform what will be the most effective way to reduce noise from the railway and ensure compliance with SPP5.4 once the line is operational.

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