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Yanchep Rail Extension

  • General Project

  • Why build the Yanchep Rail Extension?

    Extending the Joondalup Line to Yanchep in a staged approach was an idea first developed in the 1970s. The plan saw rail as essential infrastructure and an important travel option to help grow these areas and move people living and working in the area.

    The Yanchep-Two Rocks area is expected to accommodate two to three per cent of Australia’s population growth over the next 40 years due to the availability of relatively affordable urban zoned land, and the continued demand for coastal living.  The Yanchep Rail Extension will play an important role in facilitating that long-term growth and turn Yanchep into a Secondary Strategic Centre.

    In the short to medium term, the extension will provide efficient transport movement. Without the project road-based congestion will severely impact travel times to places of employment, reduce economic productivity and negatively impact the environment

  • 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).

  • 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.

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

    To deliver an integrated transport solution, which connects the planned activity centres within the project area, a comprehensive and supportive feeder bus network will be developed.

    Final service details will be determined 12-18 months before operations begin following detailed planning and community consultation to ensure the bus network best aligns with local development and community needs

  • Rail Alignment

  • How was the route chosen?

    The Butler Master Plan (July 2008) recognised the need for a high quality public transport system extending to the future growth areas of the North-West corridor to Yanchep. Provision for a rail line in the area has been reflected in structure plans throughout the Butler to Yanchep area.

    This final alignment was determined in consultation with key stakeholders, including local developers, to maximise planned future development in the area, minimise environmental impacts as much as possible and ensure safe and efficient rail operations.

     

  • How were the road-over-rail bridge crossings identified?

    To maintain or enhance connections between communities on either side of the Yanchep Rail Extension, 20 potential road-over-rail crossings were identified in consultation with key stakeholders, including private developers. Nine of these crossings are included in the project scope, with the remaining 11 delivered by other parties.

  • Who will deliver the remaining 11 identified road-over-rail bridge crossings?

    The remaining road-over-rail bridges will be delivered by private developers or the local council as the area develops and the connections are needed. There is no timeframe for these bridges.

  • Land use development

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

    Without the constraint of existing communities, the Yanchep Rail Extension is a catalyst for high-density, high-amenity land use in the areas surrounding the stations.

    Yanchep Station is in the heart of the planned Yanchep City Centre, which is to be progressively developed shortly after rail operations begin by the Yanchep Beach Joint Venture (YBJV).

    Eglinton Station is planned to support a predominately residential community, with services, facilities and jobs that reflect the immediate needs of the local catchment.

    Alkimos Station is at the heart of LandCorp’s Alkimos Central development. An emerging secondary activity centre, the area is planned to include significant retail, mixed density residential development, business and service industrial precincts, plus a civic and cultural zone.

  • Who is responsible for these land developments?

    While transport projects can be planned and delivered in a relatively defined timeframe surrounding land development can take a number of years to reach target densities. Majority of development along the Yanchep Rail Extension will be undertaken by private developers, except at Alkimos Central, which will be led by LandCorp.

  • What role will METRONET play in those land developments?

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

  • How will the projects 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.

  • Yanchep Station

  • Why was the Yanchep Station location chosen?

    The METRONET Office worked closely with key stakeholders to ensure the future station is positioned at the centre of the future City Centre’s main retail and commercial areas, making it easily accessible for visitors and residents.

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

    Two new road-over-rail bridges will be built as part of the project. Other upgrades of the road network will be completed by other stakeholders as required.

  • What pedestrian/cycling connections will there be?

    Yanchep Station is the end of a new 13.8km shared path that follows the railway. The station will have two secure bicycle parking shelters, bike u-rails and ability to add two additional secure bicycle parking shelters in the future.

  • What amenity is included at Yanchep Station?

    • 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. Its flexible design could see buses dropping off passengers either internally to the bus station or externally next to commercial development to maximise the surrounding development potential. The interchange includes seven layover bays.

    Vehicle access: dedicated passenger drop-off area and approximately 1,000 parking bays. 

  • What security measures will be in place at Yanchep Station?

    Yanchep 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.

  • Eglinton Station

  • Why was the Eglinton Station location chosen?

    The METRONET Office worked closely with key stakeholders to ensure the future station is positioned to service the future residential redevelopment.

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

    A number of road-over-rail bridges will be built as part of the project. Other upgrades of the road network will be completed by other stakeholders as required. 

  • What pedestrian/cycling connections will there be?

    Eglinton Station will be linked to a new 13.8 km shared path that follows the rail way. The station will have two secure bicycle parking shelters, bike u-rails and ability to add two additional secure bicycle parking shelters in the future.

  • What amenity is included at Eglinton Station?

    The universally accessible station will have:

    • Passenger amenity: public services (such as vending machines), passenger ticketing/ information, storage/cleaning and operational facilities.
    • Vehicle access: dedicated passenger drop-off area and approximately 400 parking bays. As future demand increases, the parking can expand up to approximately 1,000 bays.
    • 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: eight-stands with weather protection, seating and information facilities. The interchange includes four layover bays.

  • What security measures will be in place at Eglinton Station?

    Eglinton 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.

  • Alkimos Station

  • Why was the Alkimos Station location chosen?

    The METRONET Office worked closely LandCorp to ensure the future station is positioned at the heart of its planned Alkimos Central development.

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

    A number of road-over-rail bridges will be built as part of the project. Other upgrades of the road network will be completed by other stakeholders as required.

  • What pedestrian/cycling connections will there be?

    Alkimos Station will be linked to a new 13.8km shared path that follows the rail way. The station will have two secure bicycle parking shelters, bike u-rails and ability to add two additional secure bicycle parking shelters in the future.

  • What amenity is included at Alkimos 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: eight-stands with weather protection, seating and information facilities. The interchange includes four layover bays.
    • Vehicle access: dedicated passenger drop-off area and approximately 600 parking bays. 

  • What security measures will be in place at Alkimos Station?

    Alkimos 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

  • What are the Yanchep Rail Extension’s environmental and heritage considerations?

    Environmental and heritage considerations are a key priority for the Yanchep Rail Extension.

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

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

    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?

    Due to the Yanchep Rail Extension’s environmental complexities, approvals are submitted in two packages. Package one focuses on the extension from Butler to Eglinton. Package two focuses on the extension between Eglinton and Yanchep.

    The METRONET Office and Public Transport Authority are working closely with the various regulators and have had early discussions with key local environmental groups.

  • How will impacts to Aboriginal heritage be managed?

    We recognise the importance of Aboriginal heritage and are finalising a METRONET Aboriginal Engagement Framework. Specifically for the Yanchep Rail Extension, while no registered Aboriginal Heritage Sites are identified within, or in close proximity to, the project specialist Aboriginal monitoring personnel will be engaged during the initial vegetation clearing stages at the station sites to further ensure there are no heritage sites or artefacts located within these areas.

  • Why was the Bush Forever site in Yanchep not avoided?

    Every effort was made to minimise impact on the Bush Forever site, including considering an alignment along the edge of the area. However, the undulating landscape, tight rail curve (not conforming to railway design standards) and impact on existing and future residents meant this option was not viable.

  • Will replanting will 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.

  • Will alternative habitats for birds and animals be arranged?

    Acknowledging that the route will travel through a Bush Forever site, an environmental offset strategy will be prepared and implemented to the satisfaction of environmental regulators. This strategy is still under development and details will be provided when they are confirmed.

  • How will you ensure animals are not trapped on one side of the railway?

    A total of five fauna underpasses will be built along the Yanchep Rail Extension. Four of these will be in the Bush Forever site to ensure animals can continue to travel through the area safely.

  • 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?

    To minimise impacts on the nearby proposed residential developments, the Yanchep Rail Extension will mostly be built in a cutting, with developers required to have appropriate setbacks from the rail reserve (via road reserves or public open space) and homes in the ‘first row’ facing the route encouraged to implement ‘quiet house design’.

    Noise walls will only be constructed as required, based on modelling outcomes and in consultation with land developers.

    To manage vibration near residential properties, sub-ballast matting will be installed under the railway where it is located next to existing and future residential developments.

  • 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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Page last updated: 29/11/2018