Hon Rita Saffioti BBus MLA

Hon Rita Saffioti BBus MLA

Minister for Transport; Planning; Ports

    First public feedback for Morley-Ellenbrook METRONET sought

    16/01/2018 8:00 AM
    • Communities along future Morley-Ellenbrook METRONET alignment to assist planning process
    • Options analysis for Morley-Ellenbrook rail line underway
    • Survey to gauge community vision for planning and transport  

    The McGowan Government and METRONET team have launched the first public consultation process for the future Morley-Ellenbrook Line.


    A survey available to residents along the future rail corridor will feed into the McGowan Government's planning for the METRONET rail project.


    Communities in the area have been invited to complete the online survey about their current travel habits and future needs as part of the planning process for the METRONET rail line to Ellenbrook via Morley.


    The rail line will provide Perth's growing north-east suburbs with improved transport connections, and create new communities around integrated station precincts.


    The online survey results will gauge what the community values, their vision for the area and provide a better understanding of current travel habits.


    Work is already underway on assessing the technical feasibility of the preferred alignment, preliminary site investigations, land use planning and high level concept design including potential grade separations and stations.


    The work will be supported by planning specialists when the major consultancy tender is awarded in coming weeks.


    Meanwhile, the METRONET team has also started discussions with relevant local governments and other key stakeholders.  


    Residents and businesses in the communities around Ellenbrook, Aveley, Henley Brook, Dayton, Brabham, Bennett Springs, Morley, Malaga, Ballajura and surrounding suburbs are asked to complete the online survey.


    Comments attributed to Transport Minister Rita Saffioti:


    "Building a rail line to Ellenbrook is a major priority for the McGowan Government, and since starting the project from scratch last year, we have made significant planning progress.


    "I have worked closely with the METRONET team, local governments and stakeholders - it's now time to hear from the local residents.


    "To ensure the rail line represents the best outcome for the local community, we want to understand and hear from residents on what your community means to you, and what you'd like to see it look like in the future.


    "In the interim, I think it's important that we as a Government hear from the people of these communities about the METRONET plan, and how we will be creating vibrant, connected transport precincts through our integrated plan."


    Comments attributed to Morley MLA Amber-Jade Sanderson:


    "The METRONET Morley-Ellenbrook line will serve residents of Morley and Noranda extremely well.


    "The new train line will reduce congestion on our local roads and make it easier and safer for residents to commute to school and work.


    "To make sure we see the best outcome for our suburbs, it is important that the Government hears from local residents.


    "I will be encouraging local residents in Morley and Noranda to have their say in this survey and I look forward to hearing their ideas."


    Comments attributed to Swan Hills MLA Jessica Shaw:


    "The Ellenbrook rail line was the number one local commitment during the election and people continue to tell me how important it is to them. I am just so pleased that the McGowan Government is listening to our community and getting on with the job.


    "Ellenbrook rail will transform the area; it will activate our town centre and make it the satellite city that was envisaged 20 years ago.


    "The Ellenbrook Station Precinct will create new jobs and business opportunities for locals. Getting the design right will help make sure we have a vibrant and energetic town centre.


    "Combined with our Lord Street upgrades, East-West Bus Link and the NorthLink WA Project, residents in Ellenbrook, Aveley and The Vines will finally have the infrastructure they need and deserve.


    "We have a great opportunity to tell the Government what we want from our rail service. Please make sure that you complete this survey to make sure that our voices are heard."


    Minister's office - 6552 5500