August 7, 2019

Metronet's Morley - Ellenbrook Line | A Boon for Local Development

The Ellenbrook community will finally have a direct connection to the Perth CBD, as METRONET confirmed the long-awaited Morley-Ellenbrook Railway route on Sunday. Five initial stations are to be built at Ellenbrook, Whiteman Park, Malaga, Noranda and Morley, with a future planned station at Bennett Springs East. This new rail infrastructure will slash travel times from the Ellenbrook town centre to the CBD to just 30 minutes, almost half the current travel time on the limited public transport options available.

Rawlinsons (W.A.) are the Construction Cost Managers on the major project and are heavily involved in the cost planning of the 21km rail-line.

The major investment in public transport will give people in the north-eastern suburbs of Perth an alternative transport choice, link important employment centres, promote housing diversity and help create thousands of local jobs.

Rawlinsons (W.A.) Director Niall Mc Aree said the company was delighted to be involved in the “iconic” project, which would provide a boon for local development as well as a convenient transport option.

“In addition to being a public transport project, it also offers large opportunities for the development of those areas for the future.

“I think for the economy as a whole in WA it is quite an iconic and key project for the next three or four years.”

Mr Mc Aree said Rawlinson’s is proud to contribute to the future of WA’s infrastructure, with the project a continuation on the company’s historic success working with the Public Transport Authority.    

“We were the quantity surveyors and cost consultants that provided cost estimating services on the Perth-Joondalup line, as well as the Perth-Mandurah line,” he said.  “This project continues on in that success and Morley-Ellenbrook is definitely a complex and challenging project, but they are the type of projects we like to get involved in.

“They are quite stimulating and it gives us good exposure to meeting new people within the industry, new design teams and it is really exciting at the minute working in that space.

 “We are proud to be involved in this next stage of major infrastructure projects in Perth that I think will benefit the overall state in the long term.”

According to Mr Mc Aree, the planned infrastructure would help to bolster Perth’s sustainability.

“The overall impact will be taking a lot of cars off the road and I think that is a great positive that will come out of it long term,”he said.

 “I think it is important that we all take responsibility and have an awareness of our carbon footprint.”

Rawlinsons is also undertaking work on projects involving Midland station, the Mandurah line and the potential extension of the Armadale line to Byford, connecting the southern corridor to the city.

These projects are concurrent to work on a suite of level crossing removal projects and grade separations between train lines and current major roads.



Rawlinsons (W.A.) has been providing quantity surveying and construction cost consultancy services since 1953, and are the creators of the extensively circulated Rawlinsons Australian Construction Handbook andRawlinsons Construction Cost Guide.

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Written by
Kirsty Maxted for Rawlinsons