Perth's transport network secured federal fundingStaff Writer | May 2, 2018
METRONET Stage One came one step closer to becoming a reality with $1.05 billion committed in the 2018-19 Commonwealth Budget.
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This Commonwealth funding commitment is on top of the $490 million towards the Forrestfield-Airport Link funded through the 2016 GST top-up payment. This brings the Federal funding towards METRONET at more than $1.84 billion, and is split across:
Morley-Ellenbrook Line construction: $500 million in federal funding;
Byford Rail Extension construction: $241 million in federal funding;
Midland Station Project construction: $83 million in federal funding;
Karnup Station business case: $2 million in federal funding, with additional funding earmarked for construction, subject to the business case approval; and
$226 million in federal funding to support other METRONET related projects.
The Federal and WA Governments will also sign a Memorandum of Understanding to negotiate a Perth City Deal over the next twelve months.
The City Deal is designed to leverage the transformative investment in METRONET to deliver city shaping reforms in the areas of land use planning, housing release and affordable housing and smart infrastructure.
Work is continuing to progress on the planning of METRONET Stage One projects.
Recently a number of tenders were awarded to support the METRONET Office in thoroughly completing the early planning and investigations for the Morley-Ellenbrook Line, Karnup Station and Midland Station projects. ■