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Thornlie-Cockburn Link

  • General Project

  • What is METRONET?

    A program of projects which brings together transport and land use planning to support Perth’s growth. METRONET Stage One includes:

    • Thornlie–Cockburn Link
    • Forrestfield-Airport Link
    • Yanchep Rail Extension
    • Morley-Ellenbrook Line
    • Byford Rail Extension
    • Karnup Station
    • Midland Station relocation and extension to Bellevue
    • Level Crossing Removal
    • Railcar Program

  • How long will construction take?

    We are aiming to meet the Government’s preferred completion date of 2021. The schedule will be developed by the contractor when they are appointed in mid-2019.

  • Will the Thornlie-Cockburn Link be opened in sections or all at once?

    Due to operational constraints, the Thornlie-Cockburn Link will open all at once.

  • How will construction traffic be managed?

    We are working towards keeping construction impacts to a minimum. There will be construction vehicles in the area during this phase, but the impact on the current traffic conditions will be minimal. 

  • How will you manage people parking on residential streets instead of station carparks?

    Managing street parking is the responsibility of the local authority and outside of the Public Transport Authority’s control. We will raise these concerns with the relevant local authorities.

  • How many parking pays will be installed at the stations?

    Current designs will see 400 parking bays at Ranford Road Station and 1000 parking bays at Nicholson Road Station. Ranford Road Station car park will be built in such a way that it can be expanded in the future as demand for parking at the station increases.

  • Can we change the names of Nicholson Road and Ranford Road stations?

    At this stage the station names are currently working project names, based on their locations, and are subject to approval from the Geographic Naming Committee, closer to project completion. 

  • Why build the Thornlie-Cockburn Link?

    The Thornlie-Cockburn Link area includes a mix of established and developing suburbs that are experiencing significant population growth due to the availability of urban zoned land and continuing demand for affordable land, particularly from young families. South of the Thornlie-Cockburn Link is an 80.8 km2 area which currently has poor public transport services, but it estimated to grow significantly in the future.

  • What is new in the project definition plan?

    After the options analysis work completed during the business case phase, we knew the preferred solution for both the projects.

    Since then the METRONET Office with its partner agencies and stakeholders, have completed early engineering designs, environmental and ground analysis, land use planning to inform transport infrastructure design, construction requirements and other modelling.

    The result is a more detailed scope of each project, which will be used during procurement to select a contractor to deliver the work

  • What modelling was done to estimate the patronage?

    Extensive modelling was undertaken to estimate patronage using data sources including current passenger numbers, population growth, housing density and other demographic information. The modelling uses a Department of Planning tool, the Strategic Transport Estimation Model (STEM).

  • What trains will use the Thornlie-Cockburn Link?

    All platforms will be built to accommodate six-car trains in the future. However, the four-car A-series or three-car B-Series will be able to meet passenger demand for day one of operations.

  • Will this provide a special event service from Mandurah to Stadium Stadium?

    Yes, this project allows for a future Mandurah special event service to Stadium Station.

  • What changes to the bus services will there be in the future?

    Some bus services will be redirected from Thornlie Station to the new Nicholson Road Station and a new route introduced linking Nicholson Road Station with Maddington Station. Given its location along an existing high-frequency bus corridor, all passing services will be diverted into Ranford Road Station, with a number of services extended to and some lower demand services truncated and terminated at the station.

    Final service details will be determined 12-18 months before operations. This will follow detailed planning and community consultation to develop a bus network which best aligns with local development and community needs.

  • Is the project fully funded?

    A combined budget of $1.056 billion, the Thornlie-Cockburn Link and Yanchep Rail Extension is a joint funding arrangement of $700 million from the Commonwealth and $356 million from the WA Government. 

  • When will construction begin?

    Construction is expected to begin in 2019.

  • How can I be involved in the project?

    We welcome all queries and feedback from the community. Community sessions will be promoted when they occur, and information will be regularly updated on the website and via project email updates. The community is also welcome to email info@metronet.wa.gov.au or call 9326 2666.

  • Land use development

  • What land development opportunities are there around the new stations?

    In the short term the Thornlie-Cockburn Link’s new station precincts at Nicholson Road and Ranford Road will principally support access to the new rail service, including parking and bus transfer facilities, and improved cycle and pedestrian links to surrounding residential and employment areas.

     

    In the medium-to-long term, the stations will be a catalyst for change in their immediate vicinity, encouraging the transformation of underutilised urban and industrial land into new transit-oriented precincts.

  • Who is responsible for these land developments?

    METRONET Office will continue to work with key stakeholders, including local government, in guiding any land planning and development to ensure the benefits of investing in good public transport are realised.

  • How will the Thornlie Cockburn Link affect property values in the area?

    Typically when passenger rail is introduced, property values have improved.  Better transport connections have the potential to lift property values directly but they also benefit indirectly because METRONET’s integrated planning approach enables denser development, leading to more amenities such as shops and health facilities. However, it is too early at this stage to forecast how this project will impact the local area.

  • Nicholson Road Station

  • How will passengers access Nicholson Road Station?

    The station will be accessed off Canna Drive, between the Willow Pond Reception Centre and the Police Station.

  • Will the local road network be upgraded as part of the project?

    Some roads that approach the station will be changed as part of this project. Changes to the network outside of the project area will be managed by the local government. When appointed, the contractor will assess the local road network, including the Nicholson Road, Garden Street and Yale Road roundabout. Details will be provided as the project progresses.

  • What pedestrian/cycling connections will there be?

    When appointed, the contractor will work with the local council to assess the path network to determine safe connections for pedestrians and cyclists. Details will be provided as they progress

  • Will Nicholson Road station connect to the Canningvale area to the North?

    The Nicholson Road Station design allows for future connection to development north of the rail corridor, which can be developed as demand increases. The area around the station, such as the passenger car park, will also be flexible and can change to support future developments.

  • What security measures will be put in place at Nicholson Road Station?

    Nicholson Road Station will be fitted with all the security measures that are standard at our stations. This includes CCTV, lighting and clear sight lines throughout the area. In the future as development occurs around the station, passive security will also increase as there will be more activity in the area.

  • What amenity is included at Nicholson Road Station

    The universally accessible station will have:

    • Passenger amenity: public toilets, public services (such as vending machines), kiosk, passenger ticketing/information, staff amenities, station administration offices, storage/cleaning and operational facilities.
    • Pedestrian/cycle access: well connected to a shared path west of the station, with two secure bicycle parking shelters, bike u-rails and ability to add two additional secure bicycle parking shelters in the future.
    • Bus interchange: seven-stands with weather protection, seating and information facilities. The interchange includes three layover bays.
    • Vehicle access: dedicated passenger drop-off area and approximately 1,000 parking bays.

  • Ranford Road Station

  • How will passengers access Ranford Road Station?

    Ranford Road Station will be accessed from a precinct entry road, off the proposed new Jandakot Airport Eastern Link Road to the south-east of the station. 

  • What are the traffic impacts associated with Ranford Road Station

    Every attempt will be made to limit traffic impacts on Ranford road. When appointed, the contractor will assess the local road network and work with the local council to determine what, if any, changes are required to the local road network. Details will be provided as the project progresses.

  • What amenity is included at Ranford Road Station

    The universally accessible station will have:

    • Passenger amenity: public toilets, public services (such as vending machines), kiosk, passenger ticketing/information, staff amenities, station administration offices, storage/cleaning and operational facilities.
    • Pedestrian/cycle access: well connected to a shared path west of the station, with two secure bicycle parking shelters, bike u-rails and ability to add two additional secure bicycle parking shelters in the future.
    • Bus interchange: 14-stands with weather protection, seating and information facilities. The interchange includes six layover bays.

    Vehicle access: dedicated passenger drop-off area and approximately 400 parking bays. 

  • What security measures will be put in place at Ranford Road Station?

    Ranford Road Station will be fitted with all the security measures that are standard at our stations. This includes CCTV, lighting and clear sight lines throughout the area. In the future as development occurs around the station, passive security will also increase as there will be more activity in the area.

  • Environment

  • The station is located on an old council tip, what measures are in place to treat the land in this area?

    In the early technical studies, a number of options were considered, with the ultimate station and supporting infrastructure design chosen to minimise how much is built on the old council tip. During the next phase of design, the contractor will further refine the design to avoid the area as much as possible. Should works be required within the tip boundaries, a contaminated site management plan will be required.

  • What are the Thornlie-Cockburn Link’s environmental and heritage considerations?

    Environmental and heritage considerations are a key priority for the Thornlie-Cockburn Link.

    Early studies undertaken by specialist consultants have identified the following environmental and heritage considerations:

    • Removal of native vegetation
    • Loss of fauna habitat
    • Disturbance of acid sulphate soils
    • Dewatering and groundwater quality
    • Existing soil and groundwater contamination
    • Noise and vibration
    • Aboriginal heritage 
    • Waste Management

    These will continue to be assessed when the main contractor is appointed and in consultation during the approvals processes with the various regulatory bodies.

  • Has the project received environmental approval?

    The first phases of environmental approval are underway for the Thornlie-Cockburn Link. The METRONET Office and Public Transport Authority are working closely with the various regulators and have had early discussions with key local environmental groups, such as the Urban Bushland Council and Friends of Ken Hurst Park.

  • What has been done to minimise the amount of land being cleared on the Thornlie-Cockburn Link?

    The original scope of the Thornlie-Cockburn Link was reviewed to ensure the amount of vegetation clearing was reduced. For example:

    • Initially around 11 hectares of the Banksia Woodland was to be cleared and through engineering reviews this is reduced to around three hectares;
    • Initially around 41 hectares of Carnaby Cockatoo foraging habitat and 176 potential habitat trees were to be cleared this was reduced to around 28 hectares of foraging habitat and 96 potential habitat trees; and
    • The Caladenia Grove Wetland Reserve was avoided.

  • Will replanting take place after construction is completed?

    Yes, where possible replanting areas with fast-growing small native shrubs and trees will take place in the autumn/winter after construction is finished. Replanting will be limited within the rail reserve due to visibility and rail safety rules.

    Larger or more mature trees are rarely replanted as they have little success rate of uptake. To ensure the best chance for survival, the planting will be mostly of smaller, fast growing native plants that will reach mature heights in a short timeframe.

  • How will vegetation clearing and animal relocation be managed during construction?

    The existing rail corridor has been largely cleared of native vegetation and is maintained as an active freight rail corridor. However, some clearing will be required for the Thornlie-Cockburn Link, which will require approval under the Environmental Protection Act 1986.

    During construction, any areas marked for clearing will be inspected for animals to be relocated beforehand. Relocation by a verified specialist will be timed, where practicable, to prevent coinciding with the main nesting/breeding season of fauna species – usually spring and summer.

  • How will noise and vibration be managed during construction?

    Once appointed the contractor will be required to complete a Construction Noise and Vibration Management Plan, following Environmental Protection (Noise) Regulations 1997

    This will detail how they will minimise impacts to nearby residents. When construction commences, there will be dedicated information available for affected areas, and those impacted will receive advance notice of works and potential impacts.

  • How will noise and vibration be managed when the lines become operational?

    Based on early designs, an initial operational noise and vibration assessment has recommended a combination of up to four-metre high noise walls in certain locations and anti-vibration ballast matting under both the freight and passenger lines. This will continue to be reviewed and updated as the designs progress when the contractor is appointed.

  • How will damage to my property be managed during construction?

    Once appointed the contractor will be required to complete construction management plans to minimise impacts to nearby properties. Nearby property owners will also be invited to be part of a pre-condition survey. This will form part of managing any damage that may occur during construction.

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