Morley-Ellenbrook Line

Morley-Ellenbrook Line


The Morley-Ellenbrook Line is a new 21km rail line that will travel from Ellenbrook’s growing town centre, down the western side of New Lord Street, through land north of Marshall Road and down the middle of Tonkin Highway, connecting at Bayswater Station on the Midland Line. 

Stations will be built in Ellenbrook, Whiteman Park, Malaga, Noranda and Morley with a station planned at Bennett Springs East, as population levels increase and development progresses in the area.

Confirming the route and station locations for this line is a result of analysing more than 100 potential options to improve transport outcomes for Perth’s north-eastern corridor.  

While the route will now be refined during the project definition phase to finalise the exact alignment, design, timing and cost, the confirmation of the line and station locations allows for the environmental approvals process and early market engagement to begin.  

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Project Features

New railway – 21km rail line from Ellenbrook to Bayswater Station.

Ellenbrook Station – will be in the town centre, south of The Parkway and west of Civic Terrace.  It will support the area’s growth as a major activity centre, while making the most of the development opportunities nearby.

Whiteman Park Station – will be near the entry to Whiteman Park and will serve the growing communities of Henley Brook, Dayton, West Swan and Brabham. 

Bennett Springs East Station – future proofing of the line will allow for a station to be built in this area as population levels increase and planning progresses in the area.

Malaga Station – will provide efficient transport links to Landsdale, Alexander Heights, Ballajura, Malaga and Bennett Springs, connecting thousands of people to the Malaga employment hub.  

Noranda Station – will be built in the middle of Tonkin Highway at Benara Road.  It will serve the communities of Noranda and Morley, as well as Beechboro, Kiara and Lockridge.

Morley Station – will also be built within Tonkin Highway, two kilometres south of Noranda Station.  Connections to the Morley Galleria, surrounding businesses and community will be provided through high-frequency bus services.

Bayswater Station – the upgrade of Bayswater Station marks the start of the Morley-Ellenbrook Line with work starting in 2019.  Two platforms (four platform faces) at this station will accommodate the Midland Line, Forrestfield-Airport Link and Morley- Ellenbrook Line services.

Estimated journey times
For passengers travelling from Ellenbrook to the CBD, the trip on the Morley-Ellenbrook Line will take about 30 minutes, almost half the current travel time for local residents using public transport.  And connecting at Bayswater Station gives passengers from Perth’s north-eastern suburbs the choice of travelling to the Perth CBD, the Airport, Optus Stadium, Fremantle, Mandurah and more.  The following is an estimate of the journey times to each station from the Perth CBD: 

journey times



 


Hertiage and Environment

The METRONET Office acknowledges the People of the Noongar Nation as  the Traditional Custodians of the land and waters on which the METRONET Program of Projects, including the Morley-Ellenbrook Line, is located. As such, as part of this project,  we are undertaking ongoing consultation with the Whadjuk Group, through engagement with the South West Aboriginal Land and Sea Council (SWALSC).

METRONET is committed to minimising and offsetting the impacts of the project on environmentally sensitive areas, including Whiteman Park. Flora and fauna assessments will take place to identify any endangered or vulnerable species. Any project areas marked for clearing will be inspected, both before and during construction.

Noise and Vibration

Independent noise and vibration modelling is a key part of the planning process for the Morley-Ellenbrook Line. This modelling identifies the location and types of mitigation options that may be required to minimise impacts on nearby residents and other noise-sensitive receptors. Over the coming months, as the scope and technical detail is finalised, these measures will be investigated further.

Community

The Morley-Ellenbrook Line will serve Perth’s growing north-eastern suburbs and by linking to rail network at Bayswater Station, Morley-Ellenbrook Line passenger will have the choice of travelling to the Airport, Midland, the Perth CBD and beyond.

Thank you to everyone who has visited our information sessions last year or completed the survey. Your feedback helps us gain community insights into your local area and understand what you’d like to see in and around your stations. This helps us with both station concept design and place plans for the areas around the stations, both of which will be completed by mid-2020. See the full survey summary here. We’ll then have more information to share with you and new opportunities for you to provide feedback. 

Noranda Station Car Park

Preferred Parking Location 

In November 2019, we asked you to help us decide the parking location for Noranda Station from three options above drainage basins built as part of NorthLink WA.Thank you to everyone who provided valuable feedback on the parking options through our community survey, resident meetings and workshops, and a community drop-in information session.

Based on our assessment, which included community feedback, design work will focus on a car park to the north-east of the Benara Road bridge.

Noranda

Early thinking for this option included car park access via Acacia Court and a ‘left-in, left-out’ from Benara Road.It also proposed a change to the road layout next to John Septimus Roe Primary School.

You told us access via Benara Road is essential to reduce traffic on local roads and the design should aim to maintain free flowing traffic on Benara Road with no traffic signals.

As part of the design process, which includes site surveys, traffic modelling, road design, assessment of constraints and a review of local resident and future passenger amenity, we are working towards the following improvements for this option:

  • Entry into the car park from Benara Road for both west-bound (right-hand turn) and east-bound (left-hand turn) traffic.
  • Left turn only exit from the car park onto Benara Road.Motorists heading west would need to take the u-turn that already exists west of Beechboro Road North.
  • Pedestrian, cyclist and service vehicle access via Acacia Court.No public vehicle access.

A car park to the north-east of the Benara Road bridge, with the improvements listed above:

  • minimises the need for land acquisition;
  • minimises traffic impacts on local roads;
  • removes the need to change the road layout next to John Septimus Roe Primary School; and
  • allows us to design a station and car park that will enhance local connectivity for pedestrians and cyclists using the station.

Next steps

The above suggestions are now being investigated as part of the design process for Noranda Station.We will share more information on the final design in mid-2020, when the project definition phase for the Morley-Ellenbrook Line is complete.


Thank you for your feedback

Throughout our conversations with you, the main issues you wanted considered were:

  • Reducing traffic impacts – including traffic on local roads and avoiding traffic signals on Benara Road.
  • Minimising residential impacts – minimising land acquisition as well as street parking, noise and visual impacts.
  • Ensuring sufficient number of parking bays.
  • Ensuring easy and universal access for passengers.
  • Ensuring good lighting and security.

Noranda survey pie charts

 

 

Update December 2019

 

Thanks to everyone who took part in our consultation process to help us choose the location for parking at Noranda Station.

More than 270 of you completed the survey, with 60 local residents taking part in facilitated workshops and another 60 community members speaking to our project team at an informal drop-in session last month.

The consultation period is now closed and our project team is assessing all the feedback.  Once complete, we will get back to you in the new year with a preferred option that will be progressed to the detailed design stage.
 

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How can I have my say?

This consultation is now closed. You can email us at info@metronet.wa.gov.au or call us on 9326 3666 to discuss the options and ask any questions. 

 

November 2019 - Help us decide the parking location for Noranda Station

Noranda Station will be built within the Tonkin Highway median, immediately north of Benara Road, to serve those living in Noranda, Morley, Beechboro, Kiara and Lockridge, and provide convenient access to Lightning Park.

Station access including parking, feeder bus services, cycling and walking are all key considerations in planning a train line and for Noranda Station, three possible locations for parking have been identified above drainage basins built as part of NorthLink.  

These locations are:

  • Option One - south-west corner of Tonkin Highway and Benara Road crossing
  • Option Two - north-west corner of Tonkin Highway and Benara Road crossing
  • Option Three - north-east corner of Tonkin Highway and Benara Road crossing

More detail on each option is outlined in the Noranda parking options fact sheet.

As a future passenger of Noranda Station, we would like your input as part of the assessment process for the final car park location.  Your feedback will be combined with local community input as well as our ongoing technical studies to ensure we have identified key considerations for the final location.  The selection of a location will also allow the design process to begin.

Construction

The construction of the Morley-Ellenbrook Line will create thousands of local jobs.

The New Bayswater Station project marks the start of the Morley-Ellenbrook Line with early work on this project already underway. The Main Roads’ Tonkin Gap Project, starts construction later this year and includes significant civil and structural works between Bayswater and Malaga to allow rail access in and out of the Tonkin Highway.

The main construction works will be delivered through a competitive alliance contract.  This contract will include designing, building and commissioning 21 kilometres of rail track and five stations, as well as delivering rail systems that support the network, bulk earthworks and retaining, structure, grade separations, roads and drainage.

The Request for Proposal for the main works was released to market via Tenders WA in January and has now closed.  A shortlist is expected to be announced mid-year with a contract to be awarded later this year, and main construction work to start in 2021. 

Local businesses are encouraged to complete the Construction Business Register which will be provided to shortlisted bidders during the competitive tender phase and again after contract award.

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  • Project FAQ's

  • Has the Business Case been submitted to Infrastructure Australia?

    The Business Case, identifying the confirmed alignment as the best option for a train line to Ellenbrook, was endorsed by Cabinet and submitted to Infrastructure Australia in November last year. 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 noise (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.

  • Have fares for the Morley-Ellenbrook Line been set yet?

    Fares for passengers using the Morley-Ellenbrook Line will be in line with the existing Transperth zones. Passengers travelling into the CBD from Morley, Noranda, Malaga or Whiteman Park stations will need to pay a two-zone fare, while passengers travelling from Ellenbrook to the CBD will pay a three-zone fare. 

    Ellenbrook passengers travelling to Midland or Forrestfield stations will be charged a two-zone fare as long as they don’t tag off and on again while transferring trains at Bayswater, while passengers from Morley, Noranda, Malaga and Whiteman Park stations doing the same will be charged a two-zone fare.

  • Noranda Station Car Park FAQ's

  • Will the intersection to access the car park on Benara Road be signalised?

    While we are working with Main Roads WA to consider designs that avoid a signalised intersection, the solution chosen for this intersection will focus on ensuring safe and efficient movements in the area. The preferred solution will be confirmed when the project definition work is completed in mid-2020.

  • Why is there no right turn onto Benara Road from the car park?

    To balance the community’s request to avoid traffic signals at this intersection while maintaining safety for road users, a right turn exit from the car park may not be possible.  Motorists wanting to exit the car park and head west, will need to turn left and take the existing u-turn west of Beechboro Road North. 

  • Will there still need to be road modifications around the school?

    Should direct car park access be provided from Benara Road, there is unlikely to be any need to change road layouts around John Septimus Roe Primary School.

  • What will you do to stop parking and rat-running on local roads near the station?

    Street parking and rat-running is a common concern for residents near new stations so we work closely with the local council to ensure management measures are carefully considered.  This will also be taken into consideration by the project team when reviewing traffic modelling and road design for the car park.

  • How many parking bays will this car park have?

    At this stage we are aiming for around 400 bays at this car park, however this will be confirmed at the end of the project definition phase in mid-2020.  Our project team and designers will balance number of bays with other aspects like landscaping, footpaths and cycle paths.

  • Will any private land need to be acquired for this car park?

    We are working towards a design that removes the need for any land acquisition, however we will confirm this with individual land owners as soon as the design is finalised.

  • When will construction on the car park start?

    While enabling works for the Morley-Ellenbrook Line have started with early works underway at Bayswater Station, and construction starting on Tonkin Gap later this year, the construction of Noranda Station and the car park will form part of the main construction contract to be awarded later this year.  Once the contract is awarded and the final design confirmed, we will have a better idea on construction timeframes.

  • Why is Noranda Station located north of Benara Road?

    A train station in the median of a highway is a complex piece of infrastructure.  The right location is based on balancing rail operations, current and future road operations, spatial requirements through existing structures and passenger comfort and accessibility.  Noranda Station’s location was chosen because the Tonkin Highway is wider at this point, fits within Main Roads WA’s future lane configurations and minimises impacts to existing services and structures.  It is also accessible for a greater number of walking passengers and allows the Public Transport Authority to have strong links from Benara Road for bus passengers, vehicles, pedestrians and cyclists. The station could not be located further north closer to the pedestrian overpass due to rail geometry and would have required the new Sewell St overpass to be demolished and rebuilt.

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