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The Yanchep Rail Extension is proposed to manage Perth’s expected growth and meet the northern suburb’s future transport needs.
Recognising the different environmental values along the 14.5 kilometre Joondalup Line extension from Butler Station to Yanchep, the environmental assessments for the project were divided into two parts.
Yanchep Rail Extension: Part 1 – Butler to Eglinton includes the southern area of the project from Butler Station to Eglinton Station, including two new stations at Alkimos and Eglinton. It was referred to the EPA in February 2018 under Section 38 of the Environmental Protection Act 1986. Yanchep Rail Extension: Part 2 - Eglinton to Yanchep includes an area of the project from north of Eglinton Station to Yanchep Station, was referred to the EPA in 2018 and assessment will continue during 2019.
The Environmental Protection Authority (EPA) has set the level of assessment for Part 1 of the project as ‘Referral Information with Additional Information’ and is open for public comment from 17 December 2018 to 18 January 2019.
The environmental assessments are being managed through the Public Transport Authority (PTA), which takes its environmental obligations very seriously and has worked closely with the EPA and other State and Commonwealth environmental agencies to adequately identify and mitigate any impacts.
The Yanchep Rail Extension was planned for years as part of a long-term vision for Perth’s north-west corridor as it will provide a viable alternative to private vehicles; improve public transport service times; and increase mobility to strategic metropolitan centres, including Yanchep and Joondalup.
While infrastructure projects require land to build them on every effort is made to construct new transport facilities in established corridors, sometimes this is not practical. Where this does occur, every opportunity is made to avoid, minimise or rehabilitate as much as possible.