The 17.5 kilometre extension to link Thornlie and Cockburn Central stations will be Perth's first east-west rail connection, making travel around the city by train much more flexible.
Connecting the Mandurah and Armadale lines will open up new opportunities for integrated, liveable communities around the proposed Nicholson Road Station and better public transport connections for the light industrial area surrounding Ranford Road.
The Thornlie-Cockburn Link will support growth and accessibility across the southern suburbs by providing direct access to employment, sporting and recreation opportunities at Canning Vale, Cannington Strategic Metropolitan Centre, Burswood Peninsula and the eastern CBD.
Ranford Road Station will become an important transport interchange hub, providing the area with a more convenient service and reducing demand at Murdoch Station. The station and surrounding precinct will improve access into Canning Vale employment area with safe pedestrian and cycle linkages.
Nicholson Road Station provides an opportunity for the development of an integrated, transit oriented centre for the Huntingdale, Langford and Canning Vale communities, through a mix of housing, employment and convenience retail.
The Project Definition Plan will be finalised in the first half of 2018. Construction is planned to start in 2019.