The Thornlie-Cockburn Link will be located within the existing rail corridors. Between Thornlie Station and Kwinana Freeway, the passenger rail will be located within the rail freight corridor. To ensure minimal impact to the freight operations, construction will be staged to first relocate the freight lines to the northern end of the corridor. This will make room to build the passenger rail in the southern half.
Along this section of the track, the pedestrian level crossing between Cameron Street and Elliot Place will be replaced with a pedestrian footbridge. With the railways travelling through the existing Ranford Road and Karel Avenue Road bridges, modifications to the bridges will be required to accommodate the extra sets of tracks and meet safety requirements.
The Thornlie-Cockburn Link will travel through the Glen Iris Tunnel, which was constructed as part of Kwinana Freeway upgrades. The extension will come up between the Mandurah Line and will become a single spur just to the north of Cockburn Central Station, where an additional platform will be provided to end the route.
Elliot Place / Cameron Street Footbridge
Works will begin later this year to replace the level crossing at Elliot Place/Cameron Street, Thornlie, with a footbridge. To ensure community safety while work is underway in the rail corridor, the existing pedestrian level crossing will be permanently closed later this year. An early design for the footbridge has been developed with initial concept design based on requirements from both the Public Transport Authority and the freight line operator (Arc Infrastructure). The concept design takes into consideration rail safety, maintenance, accessibility requirements, land boundaries, ground conditions and existing infrastructure. More information about the detours for pedestrians and cyclist will be shared closer to the closure date. Footbridge construction is expected to be completed by mid-2022. See more in our FAQ's.