New MetroRail

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New MetroRail was a division of the Public Transport Authority in Western Australia. It was responsible for managing extensions to Perth's railway network. The project doubled Perth's rail network, which is operated by Transperth, and was completed in 2007, after various projects were completed. Costing $1.6 billion the project was the largest public transport project ever undertaken by the Western Australian government and effectively doubled the size of Perth's railway network.

History[edit]

In December 1994, the Metropolitan Region Scheme was amended to include the original route for the Mandurah Railway, via Kenwick. In July 1995, the Court Liberal government announced the new line to Mandurah (via Kenwick) and committed to complete the line from Kenwick to Jandakot by 2005. In April 1997, the same government approved funding for the South West Metropolitan Railway Master Plan. The Master Plan was completed in April 2000. In June of the same year, the Northern Suburbs Railway Currambine to Butler Extension Interim Master Plan Masterplan was released.[1]

In February 2001, the Gallop Labor government was elected. In August 2002 the government announced the rail alignment from Jandakot to Perth would run in the median of the Kwinana Freeway, not along the existing Woodbridge to Kwinana freight line and Armadale Suburban line as previously planned.

In December 2007, the Southern Suburbs Railway opened, leaving the project finished and to be shut down.

Projects[edit]

Northern Suburbs Railway[edit]

Works on the Northern suburbs line within the project included;[2]

  • The amendment of the Metropolitan Region Scheme to excise of 202 hectares of land from the adjoining Neerabup National Park, while returning some 572 hectares back to the park in the same adjustment;
  • Acquisition of relevant lands, funded from the 2000/2001 state budget;
  • The construction of a new Currambine station to a location within the middle of the Mitchell Freeway road reserve, along with associated approach works;
  • Demolition of the previous Currambine station, including associated sidings and rollingstock cleaning facilities;
  • Construction of Clarkson station and associated works;
  • A new station at Greenwood, Greenwood Station;
  • Construction of a rail bridge at Burns Beach Road;
  • Construction of a road bridge at Hester Avenue;
  • Construction of the new Nowergup railway depot;
  • Construction of the rail reserve and 4 km of railway track from Burns Beach Road to Nowgerup, along with associated necessary works including communications and signalling;
  • Upgrade of existing station platforms along the line to a length of 144 m to accommodate 6-carriage rollingstock;[3] and
  • The purchase and delivery of new railcars at a cost of $23 Million AUD (2000).

Southern Suburbs Railway[edit]

City Works[edit]

  • Construction of new underground platforms at Perth Station under William Street
  • Construction of a new underground station at The Esplanade
  • Construction of twin bored tunnels under the CBD
  • Construction of cut and cover tunnel and open dive structure along Perth foreshore

Thornlie Spur Line[edit]

  • Construction of Thornlie station
  • Construction of an electrified spur line from the Armadale Line near Kenwick
  • Construction of stage 2 of the Kenwick Tunnel
  • Construction of a rail bridge over the Canning River

Victoria Park Works[edit]

  • Construction of a new Victoria Park station
  • Demolition of Lathlain station
  • Renovation of Carlisle station
  • Construction of a new road over rail bridge at Miller Street, Victoria Park
  • Construction of a new road over rail bridge at Gerard Street, Cannington
  • Construction of a new shared bicycle-pedestrian bridge at Howick Street, Victoria Park

References[edit]

  1. ^ Northern Suburbs Transit System, Currambine to Butler Extension, Interim Master Plan. Perth, Western Australia: Urban Rail Planning and Implementation Steering Committee, Department of Transport, Government of Western Australia. 2000. p. 1.  Accessed at J S Battye Library, Perth
  2. ^ Northern Suburbs Transit System, Currambine to Butler Extension, Interim Master Plan. Perth, Western Australia: Urban Rail Planning and Implementation Steering Committee, Department of Transport, Government of Western Australia. 2000. pp. 55–56, 65, 67–71.  Accessed at J S Battye Library, Perth
  3. ^ Northern Suburbs Transit System, Currambine to Butler Extension, Interim Master Plan. Perth, Western Australia: Urban Rail Planning and Implementation Steering Committee, Department of Transport, Government of Western Australia. 2000. p. 74. 74, Accessed at J S Battye Library, Perth

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