Richard Court

Richard Court

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    New rail network fast-tracked to Mandurah

    18/10/2000 12:00 AM
     
    18/10/00

    Mandurah and Perth will be linked by a high-speed rail service by the end of 2005, Premier Richard Court announced today.

    Mr Court said the railway would now arrive in Mandurah two years ahead of the original 2007 schedule, with a loop into the heart of the city of Rockingham.

    When complete, 82 kms of railway would link Mandurah to Perth’s central business district, and at least 10 new transit stations between Perth and Mandurah will be built.

    “Sixty nine kms of new track will be laid for the South-West Metropolitan rail line and eight kms of new track will be laid for the extension of the Northern Suburbs rail line to Clarkson,” Mr Court said.

    “For the people of Mandurah and Perth’s South-West metropolitan area, that means a transport system designed specifically for their needs - a fast, regular, comfortable, safe and attractive electric passenger train service.

    “The total cost of providing this efficient and modern rail transport system from Perth to Mandurah, including Rockingham, will be more than $1 billion.”

    The rail line will follow the existing Armadale line from Perth to Kenwick, then turn to the south-west to run alongside the existing freight rail line to Jandakot, where it will align with the Kwinana Freeway to run south to Anketell Road.

    It will then run under Thomas Road, skirting under Wellard Road and a new extension of Gilmore Drive, crossing over the existing Kwinana-Mundijong freight railway and Mandurah Road on bridges before connecting to Rockingham and onto Mandurah.

    The new trains will have a maximum speed of 130 km an hour, making the trip from Mandurah to Perth in approximately 60 minutes.

    It is expected that the new metropolitan rail service would carry more than 150,000 additional passengers each week.

    Media contact:
    Justine Whittome, Premier's office, 9222 9475
    Arabella Taylor, Department of Transport, 9216 8712
    Dean Roberts, Main Roads, 9323 4638


    Premier Richard Court (right) and Transport Minister Murray Criddle (left) discuss the rail plans with Thiess Pty Ltd's Project Manager for the Kwinana Freeway Interchanges & Extension Project, Tony Cariss.