METRONET is the State’s long term plan to connect our suburbs, reduce road congestion and meet Perth’s future planning needs.
Stage One of this ambitious rail project will deliver approximately 72 kilometres of new passenger rail and up to 18 new stations.
But it’s not just about public transport. The job-creating program will see transport investment as a catalyst for land-use change in more than 5,000 hectares within walking distance of the new stations.
A team from across WA Government is working together to consider what people need for work, living and recreation within these future urban centres with a train station at its heart.
METRONET Stage One includes:
- Completing the Forrestfield-Airport Link
- Extending the Joondalup Line to Yanchep
- Linking Thornlie and Cockburn Central stations
- Planning and building the new Morley-Ellenbrook Line
- Extending the Armadale Line to Byford
- Relocating Midland Station and extending the Midland Line to Bellevue
- Building a new station at Karnup on the Mandurah Line
- Starting a program to remove level crossings on the Armadale and Midland lines
- Designing and manufacturing the next C-Series trains
- Planning for alternative transport options to better connect communities.
Metronet is an important aspect of improving Perth’s connectivity and encouraging more people out of private vehicles and into public transport. There are broader economic and community benefits, particularly in terms of development around the proposed stations.
The development of ‘Metronet Hubs’, or ‘Metrohubs’ will incorporate higher density, mixed-use developments around key stations. With a growing population in Perth, shrinking household sizes and changing demographics, a diverse mix of housing, including medium and high density around the proposed stations, is critical to sustainably and affordably housing more people.
The success of these hubs will rely on the existing community’s support for quality design outcomes that will bring added vibrancy and amenity to many of these areas.
Some of the locations where Metrohubs are proposed are already earmarked as major activity centres, such as Murdoch and Midland, where hospitals and universities are in place and improvements around the rail stations will further enhance these areas. Other locations for proposed Metrohubs may be lacking in regard to access to services, a diversity of housing choices and employment opportunities.
These areas will benefit from the urban regeneration around stations that can include new and improved public spaces, quality housing options, walkable retail and commercial areas along with local job opportunities. These types of spaces can also encourage more local community focus.
While the government’s Metronet vision promises to improve Perth’s connectivity and assist with enhancing the diversity of our urban landscape, it will be critical the integration of forward planning and funding is undertaken successfully.