Construction Impacts

The NEWest Alliance, made up of CPB Contractors, Downer Group and the Public Transport Authority is progressing the detailed design, planning and procurement. Main construction is also underway in some areas of the project.

If you have questions about the upcoming works get in touch with us. For after-hours enquiries, please contact the Site Duty Manager on 0437 844 378.

Nicholson Road site

Site Establishment (From mid September)

Clearing at the Nicholson Road Station site to progress works in the rail corridor.

Works will include:

  • Establishing access from Tulloch Way to the project site to allow work to start in the rail corridor
  • Fauna trapping and fauna spotting associated with clearing activities
  • Clearing and mulching vegetation 
  • Set up and increased use of site facility. 

During these works, use of large construction equipment including excavators, clearing machines, chain saws, mulchers, trucks and water carts will be noticeable.

The work has relevant environmental approvals and every effort will be made to minimise the amount of clearing required and associated disruption. 

Ranford Road site

Road Works

Long term closure of Livingstone Drive (September – Late 2021)

A long term temporary closure of Livingstone Drive at Ranford Road to build the new Ranford Road bridge and traffic lanes is in place. 

Livingstone Drive is closed at Ranford Road. Rural residential properties need to access Ranford Road via Wilfred Road.

On 4 December, the Waste Transfer Station access off Ranford Road will be closed and all Waste Transfer Station traffic (except for operation vehicles) will need to use Wilfred Road. 

Changed traffic conditions will result in extra travel time for commuters. Traffic management signage on Ranford Road (between Wilfred Road and Bannister Road) is in place, including reduced travel speeds.  Significant construction work is taking place inside the construction site alongside Ranford Road.  
For out of hours queries the Site Duty Manager can be contacted on 1800 413 987.



Future Ranford Road Precinct

Construction has started for a new bridge over the railway at Ranford Road, Canning Vale providing a longer and higher bridge to accommodate the new electric passenger trains within the existing rail corridor

What’s happening now?

  • Survey, potholing and geotechnical investigations are ongoing across the precinct,
  • Delivery and stockpiling of materials and equipment
  • Approved clearing of vegetation within the site footprint
  • Relocation of various utilities (including gas, water and drainage pipelines, telecommunications and power cables)
  • Earthmoving and other civil works
  • Traffic management including a speed limit reduction to 40km/hr Ranford Road between Livingstone Drive and Bannister Road
  • Piling
  • Road construction
  • Altered signals and traffic configuration at the Ranford Road / Bannister Road intersection

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Rail Corridor

Neighbours along the freight rail corridor in Kenwick, Thornlie and Canning Vale will notice in work in the project area, including at site facilities.

Works will include relocation of utilities, drainage installation, set up and use of site facilities, earthworks and sheet piling for retaining wall construction.

There may be increased noise from machinery use. Every effort will be made to minimise construction impacts. All works will follow approved noise and traffic management plans. 

Level Crossing Closure (Monday 16 November 2020 – mid 2022)

The level crossing at Elliot Place and Cameron Street, Thornlie will be closed until mid-2022 to allow for construction of a new footbridge and ongoing work in the rail corridor.

There will be no pedestrian access across the rail during this period. Traffic management and detours will be in place, so please allow additional travel time. Access will be maintained to nearby properties.

Construction of the new footbridge will start from mid-2021 and is expected to be complete by mid-2022.


Construction Works (September – December)

Neighbours along the freight rail corridor between the Glen Iris Rail Tunnel, Jandakot and Ranford Road, Canning Vale will notice an increase in work in the project area in coming months.

Works will include installation of temporary rail level crossings for construction vehicles, relocation of utilities, drainage installation, use of site facilities, earthworks, access road improvement , collision protection wall construction in the Glen Iris Rail Tunnel and retaining wall construction.

During these works, there will be construction vehicle movements and use of large equipment, which may be noticeable. Traffic management on some local roads will also take place. Every effort will be made to minimise disturbance.


Site Investigation and Establishment (Ongoing)

Geotechnical testing, survey and potholing will continue in the coming months. Most of this investigation will be in the freight and passenger rail corridors between Beckenham and Cockburn Central stations.

Some low impact survey work, involving light vehicles and hand held survey equipment, will take place outside of normal working hours, Monday to Sunday, 7pm to 7am.

However, some investigation will be required away from the rail alignment, which is low impact but may be noticeable.


Temporary work site at Tom Bateman Reserve (From September 2020)

The following works will take place:

Fauna trapping ahead of clearing activities and fauna spotting during clearing activities, potholing to locate services within the rail corridor, clearing vegetation, including weed control, delivery, loading and unloading of materials, installation of fencing around the temporary work site and establishment of site access points to Wilfred Road. 

Works will include use of large construction vehicles and equipment. Traffic management will be in place and access within the reserve will be temporarily reduced. 

Every effort will be made to minimise the amount of clearing required and associated disruption. Any disturbed areas will be rehabilitated

Retaining Wall Construction  (mid-November 2020 – late December 2020)

Between Cameron Street and west of Spencer Road, construction of a temporary sheet pile retaining wall will be built on the northern side of the freight rail corridor.

The sheet piles will be installed to retain properties alongside the freight rail corridor. Earthworks and other construction activities will also follow.

Works will be conducted between Monday to Saturday, 7am to 7pm. Residents may experience increased noise and vibration from sheet piling. However, every effort will be made to minimise disruption.

Clearing (Ongoing)

Approved clearing of vegetation will continue along the freight rail corridor between Thornlie Station and Ranford Road, as well as at the future Nicholson Road and Ranford Road stations, and the existing Thornlie Station.

Clearing will be within the project area and has been minimised as much as possible, while accommodating new infrastructure including the rail lines, station buildings and retaining walls.

Enabling Works

A number of Main Roads WA projects are undertaking enabling works for the Thornlie-Cockburn Link. These include Karel Avenue upgrade and Kwinana Freeway widening projects. Visit the Main Roads WA project pages for more information.

Thornlie Station


Thornlie Station Upgrade (from mid-November 2020 – Late 2021)

Thornlie Station will undergo significant changes as part of the Thornlie-Cockburn Link project, which will link the Thornlie/Armadale lines with the Mandurah Line.

Works will include:

  • Establishing construction site facilities
  • Installing fencing and hoarding, which will safely separate operations and construction
  • Demolishing parts of the station building and infrastructure
  • Moving the existing radio monopole to the south west of the station site
  • Installing and relocating utilities/services
  • Building new station infrastructure and facilities including an overpass, roof, lifts, stairs
  • and toilets
  • Constructing retaining walls and extending the passenger platforms


Works will occur in the Thornlie Station building, car park, footpaths and bus interchange, and in the rail corridor next to Thornlie Station.

Works will be from mid-November 2020 until late 2021, 7am to 7pm daily.

From 22 November 2020 until 3 January 2021, excluding public holidays, nightly works will be conducted from 7pm to 7am.

Station operations will be maintained where possible. However, there will be some reduction in available bays in the western car park. Relocated and temporary toilets and bicycle parking will be provided.

Changes to station operations are expected, see Transperth signage for more details.

During these works, use of heavy vehicles and large construction will be noticeable.

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