Morley-Ellenbrook Line

Morley-Ellenbrook Line

 

The 21km Morley-Ellenbrook Line will give people living and working in Perth’s north-eastern suburbs more transport choice.

As Perth’s largest public transport project since the Mandurah Line, this project will support more than 3000 jobs and help shape vibrant new communities.

The Morley-Ellenbrook Line starts at Bayswater Station on the Midland Line, travels in the centre of Tonkin Highway, through land north of Marshall Road, along the western side of Drumpellier Drive (formerly New Lord Street) and ends in Ellenbrook, south of The Parkway.

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Stations will be built in Ellenbrook, Whiteman Park, Malaga, Noranda and Morley. The existing Bayswater Station will be relocated, and a future station is planned at Bennett Springs East.

Read more in the Project Overview fact sheet.

Project Features

Heritage and Environment

METRONET is committed to minimising the Morley-Ellenbrook Line’s impact on the environment and sensitive areas such as Whiteman Park. As part of this commitment we strive to research, plan and put in place measures to ensure a balance between providing an efficient rail service and protecting the natural environment.

METRONET continues to consult with key stakeholders and even during construction will continue to review environmental studies and assessments across the project.

This helps identify any endangered or vulnerable species and ecosystems. Every effort is made to avoid, minimise or rehabilitate environmental effects both before and during construction.

Noise and Vibration

Independent noise and vibration forecasts are a key part of planning for the Morley-Ellenbrook Line. This helps identify and put in place any measures needed to minimise the impact of noise and vibration on nearby residents and communities, and comply with State Planning Policy 5.4: Rail and Road Noise. As the design develops, the extent and type of measures to be put in place will be confirmed.

Aboriginal Heritage – Working Together

METRONET acknowledges the People of the Noongar Nation as the Traditional Custodians of the land and waters on which projects like the Morley-Ellenbrook Line are located.

Aboriginal heritage surveys were completed in 2019 and Whadjuk representatives gave support for the Morley-Ellenbrook Line. This is on the grounds that any disturbance to Aboriginal heritage sites is minimal and the proposed railway will benefit the general community. Final support will be conditional based on further engagement in the delivery phase.

Read more in the Environment fact sheet.

Community

Keeping the community informed is a key project priority. Community members can stay up to date in a number of ways:

Community Reference Group

Three Community Reference Groups (CRGs) will be established for the construction phase of the Morley-Ellenbrook Line. Each group will consist of local residents and businesses to help the project team identify local opportunities, issues and concerns.

The role of the CRG is to act as a sounding board regarding the delivery and impacts of the project throughout the planning, delivery and construction phases.

The CRG is encouraged to bring community feedback or enquiries for discussion in the meetings to identify any issues.

Applications for the CRGs are now closed. The names of members of the CRG will be made available here once appointed. 

Morley Station Precinct Concept Master Plan CRG Minutes

  • Meeting 1, June 23 2020 - Minutes
  • Meeting 2, July 7, 2020 - Minutes
  • Meeting 3, July 21, 2020 - Minutes

Past Consultations

Thank you to everyone who has visited our information sessions or completed surveys while project planning was underway. Your feedback helps us gain community insights into your local area and understand what you’d like to see in and around your stations.

Past consultations have included:

Morley Station Precinct Concept Master Plan

The future Morley Station, part of the Morley-Ellenbrook Line, will give people living in Morley, Embleton and the northern section of Bayswater more transport options and provide new opportunities for living and working within walking distance of the station.

Only a three-minute train ride from Bayswater Station and a 15-minute journey to Perth, Morley Station will be built within the Tonkin Highway median at the Broun Avenue bridge. High-frequency bus services will link the station to the Morley Galleria, surrounding businesses and local community.

To make the most of this once in a lifetime investment, a Morley Station Precinct Concept Master Plan is being developed in consultation with the City of Bayswater, and with input from the community.

The plan sets the design vision and high-level roadmap for planning and infrastructure delivery around the station to enhance the area and connections to Morley centre and Galleria.

In April we asked what you think the future should look like around Morley Station, and 262 of you gave us your feedback which will inform the first stages of the Concept Master Plan development.

Landscaping and green spaces, cafes and walking connections came out as the top things you’d like to see in the area in 10 years’ time. More information on the results is available in our fact sheet.

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In June and July, a Community Reference Group (CRG) will meet to inform the development of the Concept Master Plan. The CRG members are:

Josh Beaver, Tim Benson, Karen Bush, Peter Corbellini, Roberto Guerrini, Brad McIntyre, Jesse Williams, Phillip Winn and City of Bayswater officers x2 (skate park; strategic planning). 

CRG members responded to a call for nominations earlier this year, and were selected to represent a range of demographics, locations, interests and experiences. Ten members were selected from 20 nominations.

Following each meeting, minutes will be uploaded here

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Construction

The construction of the Morley-Ellenbrook Line will support more than 3000 jobs.

The New Bayswater Station project marks the start of the Morley-Ellenbrook Line with early work on this project already underway. The Main Roads’ Tonkin Gap Project, starts construction later this year and includes significant civil and structural works between Bayswater and Malaga to allow rail access in and out of the Tonkin Highway.

The main construction works will be delivered through a competitive alliance contract.  This contract will include designing, building and commissioning 21 kilometres of rail track and five stations, as well as delivering rail systems that support the network, bulk earthworks and retaining, structure, grade separations, roads and drainage.

Two shortlisted companies are currently bidding for the main works, with a contract to be awarded later this year, and main construction work to start in 2021. 

Local construction and related companies are encouraged to register their services on the METRONET business register.

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  • General

  • With houses close to the rail line in some locations, will there be noise walls?

    This project is required to comply with noise regulations as outlined in State Planning Policy 5.4 - Road and rail noise (SPP5.4). Early modelling is currently underway along the proposed alignment and will be finalised once the project design is confirmed. This will help inform what will be the most effective way to reduce noise from the railway and ensure compliance with SPP5.4 once the line is operational.

  • Is the acquisition of private land required for this project?

    A large portion of the train line will sit within existing road reserves and transit corridors. However as with most major public infrastructure initiatives, some land acquisition of private property may be required to deliver the project, this will be confirmed by ongoing design work. Should land acquisition be required, any affected landowners will be contacted directly and the valuation and land acquisition process explained in detail.

  • Will the line extend beyond Ellenbrook?

    Not as part of this project. However, the transit reserve does extend through the northern part of Ellenbrook. Design of the Morley-Ellenbrook Line will ensure any future extension is not precluded- but this will be subject to future planning and consideration by Government.

  • Are the station names final? Is there any consideration of Noongar names for stations?

    The station names are current working names based on location. These will need to be reviewed by the Geographic Naming Committee before being confirmed. At this point, alternatives, including appropriate Noongar names, will be considered.

  • What will be the estimated travel times on this new line?

    The train journey from Ellenbrook to Bayswater is estimated to be 18 minutes.  From there, passengers will have the choice of travelling onto Perth Airport (seven minutes), Midland (13 minutes), the Perth CBD (12 minutes) and beyond. The journey between each station on the Morley-Ellenbrook Line will be between three and five minutes.

  • Have fares for the Morley-Ellenbrook Line been set yet?

    Fares for passengers using the Morley-Ellenbrook Line will be in line with the existing Transperth zones. Passengers travelling into the CBD from Morley, Noranda, Malaga or Whiteman Park stations will need to pay a two-zone fare, while passengers travelling from Ellenbrook to the CBD will pay a three-zone fare. 

    Ellenbrook passengers travelling to Midland or Forrestfield stations will be charged a two-zone fare as long as they don’t tag off and on again while transferring trains at Bayswater, while passengers from Morley, Noranda, Malaga and Whiteman Park stations doing the same will be charged a two-zone fare.

  • What measures will be taken to ensure all stations are safe and secure and problems such as loitering at night in car parks or increased anti-social behaviour are minimised and managed?

    Safety and security through best practice design have been a priority in the planning of each station along the Morley-Ellenbrook Line. Passive security measures like good lighting and clear line of sight are integral to the design of every station. All stations across the Transperth network are monitored in a variety of ways including by our team of highly-trained transit officers, mobile patrols, a high-tech CCTV system (with more than 10,000 cameras) and a 24-hour Central Monitoring Room.

  • Why doesn’t the line run along Marshall Road?

    An alignment along Marshall Road was assessed as part of the planning process. However, it was not possible to exit Tonkin Highway at or below Marshall Road without conflicting with high voltage transmission lines and requiring major rework of the Marshall Road bridge. It would also restrict an opportunity for new stations at Noranda and Malaga.

  • Why doesn’t line run along Reid Highway?

    An alternate route along Reid Highway was assessed during the planning stage, however, exiting Tonkin Highway at Reid Highway was technically very challenging due to the new NorthLink interchange. This option would also restrict opportunities for new stations at Noranda, Malaga and Bennett Springs East and could not be achieved without significant private land acquisition.

  • Why doesn’t the line continue up Tonkin Highway (NorthLink) past Marshall Road?

    Locating the Morley-Ellenbrook Line in the Tonkin Highway median west of Whiteman Park was considered in the early planning phase.

    However, having the line in this location would not adequately service the growing suburbs on the eastern side of the park such as Henley Brook, Dayton, Brabham and West Swan. It would also remove the opportunity to maximise the tourism potential of having a station at the Whiteman Park entrance.

  • Will Morley-Ellenbrook Line passengers need to transfer at Bayswater Station?

    The Morley-Ellenbrook Line connection is being designed and built in such a way to allow a seamless journey from Ellenbrook to Perth. The specific operational detail, including timetabling and frequency, will be confirmed closer to the line opening.

  • When will information about the frequency of trains be available?

    The timetable for the Morley-Ellenbrook Line will be confirmed closer to the line opening. Being part of the Transperth network, and connecting into the Midland Line, the trains will likely operate to a similar timetable as Midland Line services.

  • Why is Bennett Springs East proposed as a future station only?

    A future station is planned at Bennett Springs East as population levels increase and planning progresses in the area. In the meantime, residents living in the area are within close proximity to Malaga Station and Whiteman Park Station, both of which have large park and ride facilities. Improved bus connections as part of project.

  • What road closures will take place around Cheltenham and Rugby streets?

    The northern ends of Cheltenham and Rugby streets will close due to the Morley-Ellenbrook Line being built through this area. A new road-over-rail bridge will be built at Dulwich Street to maintain access to and from the northern side of the tracks. This will also maintain secondary access to Whiteman Park from Marshall Road. A new road along the northern side of the train line will also be built to allow access to the northern section of Cheltenham Street. Future roads may be built in the area following future planning and development.

  • Ellenbrook Station

  • How will residents living to the west of the new train line access their properties when San Lorenzo Boulevard closes?

    San Lorenzo Boulevard, between Vauclause Close and Messina Grove, will close. However, to maintain access, a new road will be built to connect to the north-western end of San Lorenzo Boulevard. The new connection will be in place and operational before the closure takes place.

  • Will the train line be built through Ellenbrook Christian College?

    The preferred location for Ellenbrook Station, as well as the transit corridor leading to the station, has been reserved as part of the development plan for this area since the early 1990s. This corridor sits between the school buildings and oval used by Ellenbrook Christian College.

    METRONET is working closely with the College through the planning process to maintain access to the oval. To achieve this, the train line will be built on a raised embankment to allow a pedestrian underpass that will provide safe access for students and staff between the school and the oval. The PTA will continue to work with the College throughout construction, and once the Morley-Ellenbrook Line is operational, to ensure the safety of all students and College staff.

  • Whiteman Park Station

  • Will the rail alignment cut off access to Whiteman Park from Marshall Road?

    The land to the south of Whiteman Park and north of Marshall Road, has a history of being used as cattle grazing grounds and is not publicly accessible. This area of Whiteman Park, purchased by the State Government from numerous land owners between 1977 and 1990 for future government requirements under Improvement Plan 8, has been outside the core of Whiteman Park for more than 20 years and is not currently accessed or used by the community. In January 2017, it was considered as non-essential to the operation and integrity of Whiteman Park in its five-year strategic plan.

  • Was the land purchased from Lew Whiteman, Len Marshall and a group of other landowners under the provision that it would be used for public use for perpetuity?

    Between 1977 and 1990, the State Government purchased landholdings south of the original Whiteman Park area, for future government requirements under Improvement Plan 8. This cleared farming land, known as Marshall Road land, was owned by three different landowners, being Lew Whiteman, L.D Marshall and Whittlesea Pastoral Co.  There was no requirement for the Marshall Roads land to be held “in trust” for Parks and Recreation or Whiteman Park.

  • Does the Morley-Ellenbrook Line passing through the Marshall Road Lands mean that the land at Marshall Road will be developed?

    WAPC’s Whiteman Park Strategic Plan 2017-2021 identifies the Marshall Road lands as being considered non-essential to the operation and integrity of Whiteman Park. That document proposed this area be used to provide both a buffer and integration with suburban developments to the south of the park. 

    Further, the document outlined that any development on the Marshall Road lands must complement and support the core Whiteman Park land. 

    As a result, in the North-East Sub-Regional Planning Framework, part of the Perth and Peel@3.5m Framework released in March 2018 identifies the Marshall Road lands for “Planning Investigation” and “Proposed open space – sport”.
     

  • Will the elevated train line at Whiteman Park Station cause noise and privacy issues for residents living nearby?

    Elevated rail is common in many major cities, including Sydney and Melbourne. When planning and building elevated train lines, measures are taken to ensure minimal impact for residents living nearby. Whiteman Park Station will have around 700 metres of elevated train line and will meet all required noise and vibration regulations. To provide safe connections between the station and the developing estate to the east of Drumpellier Drive, the road will be raised to station level, allowing for a grade-separated pedestrian crossing underneath. Screening on the structure will also be investigated to reduce noise and provide privacy for residents living nearby.

  • Why are more changes being made to Drumpellier Drive (formerly New Lord Street) when it was only recently upgraded?

    Changes to New Lord Street were completed and opened to traffic in April 2019, whereas the alignment for the Morley-Ellenbrook Line was not confirmed until August 2019. Changes are now required as pedestrian and cyclist safety and connectivity is a key priority for METRONET. Having Whiteman Park Station built on the western side of Drumpellier Drive provides good connectivity to Whiteman Park and avoids having the train line built close to private properties. Changing the road structure from a roundabout to a four-way signalised intersection is key to providing the safest possible option.

  • Why is the rail line being installed on the western side of Drumpellier when the transit corridor is on the east?

    Having the rail line on the western side of Drumpellier drive reduces the impact on the private residences in Brabham and minimises the need for grade-separated crossings, which would be needed if the railway used the transport corridor east of Drumpellier Drive.

  • Why won’t the Whiteman Park tram be extended to connect with Whiteman Park Station?

    The design of the Whiteman Park Station allows for future integration with the Whiteman Park tram, however, this is not currently within the scope of works for the Morley-Ellenbrook Line. METRONET will continue to work closely with Whiteman Park on this aspect as the project progresses.

  • Noranda Station

  • How will passengers safely connect to bus services at Noranda Station?

    To ensure safe access for all passengers using Noranda Station, including those arriving by bus, a pedestrian underpass will be built at the eastern end of the Benara Road bridge. This will ensure passengers travelling on a west-bound bus (in the southern lanes of Benara Road) can safely and conveniently cross Benara Road and access the station. This will be a significant improvement on current pedestrian access in the area, which does not have traffic lights and is challenging for pedestrians to cross during peak periods.

  • Bayswater Connection

  • Why is a viaduct needed at Bayswater Connection and what will it look like?

    Elevating the rail by building a viaduct (or overpass) maintains roads in Bayswater’s industrial area to ensure oversized vehicles and heavy traffic using the area do not need to travel through residential streets in the Bayswater town centre. The elevated line will sit on a slim-line concrete viaduct for approximately 750m between Tonkin Highway and Bayswater Station. Central concrete piers will support the viaduct and will be spaced approximately 35m apart. Noise and vibration mitigation measures will form part of the structure and the design will complement the rail bridges at the new Bayswater Station. The viaduct final design, including the height and location of bridge pillars, will be developed by the main project alliance, to be awarded in late-2020.

  • Why couldn’t the connection be built underground?

    An underground connection was considered during the planning and project definition process, however, as Tonkin Highway is higher than the existing Midland Line, the Morley-Ellenbrook Line connection from Bayswater needs to rise to meet the level of the highway. The Midland Line also sits on land with a high-water table, making an underground connection very challenging in this area.

     

  • Environment

  • What impact will occur with the alignment travelling through the Marshall Road paddocks?

    This land has not been a core part of the park for more than 20 years and is not currently accessed or used by the public. The Whiteman Park Strategic Plan, released in January 2017, also identified the Marshall Road lands as non-essential to the operation and integrity of the park.

  • How will the Morley-Ellenbrook Line impact environmentally sensitive areas such as wetlands, banksia woodlands, bush forever, flora, fauna and water source protection areas?

    Minimising environmental impacts during construction and train operations is a key focus for Metronet.

    To inform how the project can minimise its impacts, METRONET is consulting with key stakeholders and undertaking a number of environmental studies including flora and vegetation assessments, fauna assessments, wetland assessments, water monitoring and noise and vibration assessments. As part of our environmental commitment, flora, vegetation and fauna surveys have been conducted to identify any endangered or vulnerable species and ecosystems. Every effort is made to avoid, minimise, manage, or rehabilitate environmental effects both before and during construction.  Flora and vegetation assessments and fauna studies, including kangaroo monitoring and Black Cockatoo habitat assessments, have been completed to inform appropriate management during construction and rail operations.  Just before construction begins, an inspection in the project area will identify any animals to relocate to a safe place. Once completed, landscaping and replanting will take place where possible.

  • Will the kangaroos at Whiteman Park be impacted and how will this be managed?

    METRONET is working closely with Whiteman Park and relevant stakeholders to minimise risk to kangaroos in Whiteman Park. Animal crossings will be built along the line in the Marshall Road paddocks to ensure kangaroos can cross safely. The exact locations of these crossings will be determined based on rail design and environmental studies, along with ongoing consultation with Whiteman Park. The rail corridor will be fenced from Ellenbrook through until the line enters the Tonkin Highway median, minimising the risk to fauna. During construction, any areas marked for clearing will be inspected for animals to be relocated beforehand. 

  • How will Aboriginal heritage be respected and protected?

    METRONET acknowledges the People of the Noongar Nation as the Traditional Custodians of the land and waters on which projects like the Morley-Ellenbrook Line are located. Archaeological and heritage surveys, together with Aboriginal consultation was undertaken to identify the heritage value of the rail corridor and the surrounding area. Where heritage sites were identified, relevant approvals have been sought in consultation with the South West Aboriginal Land and Sea Council. Specialist Aboriginal monitoring personnel will also be engaged during the initial ground work to further ensure there are no heritage sites or artefacts located within these areas.

  • Local Community

  • How will issues such as street parking and rat-running on local roads be managed?

    Street parking and rat-running on local roads is a common concern for residents around new stations. While these areas are outside of railway land, and therefore outside of METRONET’S direct control, we will continue to work directly with the local council to ensure management measures are carefully considered.

  • How will traffic congestion on local roads be impacted?

    Access to parking and stations is a key consideration in planning any future train station. Investigation into the traffic needs of the area was undertaken as part of the planning process and will continue to be monitored and refined during the design phase. The ongoing design process will continue to assess the impact on the immediate road network, with changes made as required. These will be developed with the Main Roads and the local council.

  • Will there be noise from trains and road traffic?

    As with all major infrastructure projects, the Morley-Ellenbrook Line is required to comply with noise regulations as outlined in State Planning Policy 5.4 - Road and rail noise (SPP5.4).  Early modelling is currently underway along the length of the route and will be finalised in the coming months. This will help inform us as to the most effective way to reduce noise from the railway (and reconstructed roads/bridges), minimise impacts on nearby residents and ensure compliance with SPP5.4 once the line is operational.

  • Construction

  • Will noise, dust and vibration be a problem during the construction stage?

    During the project, construction impacts may include noise, dust and vibration. The project team takes these impacts seriously and every effort will be made to minimise these impacts wherever possible. A Construction Environmental Management Plan will be developed by the contractor (to be appointed late 2020) to ensure any impacts are mitigated as far as reasonably practicable.

  • Could my property be damaged during construction?

    While we do not envisage there will be any damage to buildings or properties as a result of this project, if your property is next to (or close to) the transit reserve, a free pre-construction survey will be offered as a precautionary measure before construction begins. This will involve a professional, independent environmental surveyor visiting your house and photographically recording the current condition of the structure. Following the survey, the findings will be recorded and provided to you in a report. In the event there is any damage as a result of construction, the survey report will be used as a reference to validate and determine the extent of the damage.

  • Will construction impact the flow of local traffic?

    The construction program will be carefully considered once the contractor is appointed in late 2020. Traffic flow will be a key aspect of the plan. There will be temporary traffic restrictions and clear signage and traffic management measures will be in place to safely guide motorists during the construction stage.

  • Will shared pathways be closed or impacted?

    There will be temporary path diversions during construction.  Clear signage and traffic management measures will be in place to safely guide cyclists.

  • Morley Station Concept Master Plan FAQ's

  • What is a concept master plan?

    A concept master plan sets the general frame for an area’s long-term development, outlining the vision, principles, spatial plans and drawings, along with an implementation plan needed to deliver this vision over time.  A concept master plan will provide high-level identification of key streets and connections across the station precinct, open space, proposed buildings, infrastructure and amenities.

  • What is a local precinct plan?

    A local precinct plan starts to fill in the detail within the concept master plan frame and is used to guide the zoning, subdivision and development settings for an area. A local precinct plan is usually supported by technical studies and community and stakeholder consultation. The final document is approved by the WA Planning Commission and used by the local government when determining planning proposals into the future.

  • How long will it take to complete the Morley Station Precinct Concept Master Plan?

    We are aiming to have the Morley Station Precinct Concept Master Plan complete by the end of 2020.

  • Who is responsible for leading the planning processes around Morley Station?

    The METRONET Office is leading the concept master plan process for the area around Morley Station. Once complete, the City of Bayswater will lead the next planning stage and complete a local precinct plan.

  • Will this concept master plan identify upgrades to the local bike or pedestrian pathways in the area?

    Yes, this Concept Master Plan will look at the current cycling and pedestrian network in the study area and identify opportunities for improvements or new infrastructure to be provided.

  • What was the community input to the Morley Station Precinct Concept Master Plan?

    In April 2020, we surveyed the community to build our understanding of the things most important to local residents. Residents and local businesses were also invited to nominate to take part in a Community Reference Group (CRG). The CRG participated in three meetings in June/July 2020 to contribute to the development of the Concept Master Plan.

  • Noranda Station Car Park FAQ's

  • Why is there no right turn onto Benara Road from the car park?

    To balance the community’s request to avoid traffic signals at this intersection while maintaining safety for road users, a right turn exit from the car park may not be possible.  Motorists wanting to exit the car park and head west, will need to turn left and take the existing u-turn west of Beechboro Road North. 

  • Will the intersection to access the car park on Benara Road be signalised?

    While we are working with Main Roads WA to consider designs that avoid a signalised intersection, the solution chosen for this intersection will focus on ensuring safe and efficient movements in the area. The preferred solution will be confirmed when the project definition work is completed in mid-2020.

  • Why is Noranda Station located north of Benara Road?

    A train station in the median of a highway is a complex piece of infrastructure.  The right location is based on balancing rail operations, current and future road operations, spatial requirements through existing structures and passenger comfort and accessibility.  Noranda Station’s location was chosen because the Tonkin Highway is wider at this point, fits within Main Roads WA’s future lane configurations and minimises impacts to existing services and structures.  It is also accessible for a greater number of walking passengers and allows the Public Transport Authority to have strong links from Benara Road for bus passengers, vehicles, pedestrians and cyclists. The station could not be located further north closer to the pedestrian overpass due to rail geometry and would have required the new Sewell St overpass to be demolished and rebuilt.

  • Will there still need to be road modifications around the school?

    Should direct car park access be provided from Benara Road, there is unlikely to be any need to change road layouts around John Septimus Roe Primary School.

  • What will you do to stop parking and rat-running on local roads near the station?

    Street parking and rat-running is a common concern for residents near new stations so we work closely with the local council to ensure management measures are carefully considered.  This will also be taken into consideration by the project team when reviewing traffic modelling and road design for the car park.

  • How many parking bays will this car park have?

    At this stage we are aiming for around 400 bays at this car park, however this will be confirmed at the end of the project definition phase in mid-2020.  Our project team and designers will balance number of bays with other aspects like landscaping, footpaths and cycle paths.

  • Will any private land need to be acquired for this car park?

    We are working towards a design that removes the need for any land acquisition, however we will confirm this with individual land owners as soon as the design is finalised.

  • When will construction on the car park start?

    While enabling works for the Morley-Ellenbrook Line have started with early works underway at Bayswater Station, and construction starting on Tonkin Gap later this year, the construction of Noranda Station and the car park will form part of the main construction contract to be awarded later this year.  Once the contract is awarded and the final design confirmed, we will have a better idea on construction timeframes.

  • Bennett Springs East

  • What is a local structure plan?

    A local structure plan is a technical planning document that guides future land use, development, infrastructure and subdivision. It includes details such as zoning, local roads, housing density, and community facilities.

    The plan is approved by the Western Australian Planning Commission and guides decision-making on future planning and development proposals.

  • Why prepare a local structure plan for Bennett Springs East Station Precinct?

    The local structure plan will provide a roadmap for long-term land use in Bennett Springs East Station Precinct and guide urbanisation in the area surrounding the potential future station, including provision for complementary transport, housing, and recreation choices within the station precinct.

  • How can I contribute to the development of the Bennett Springs East Station Precinct Local Structure Plan?

    The draft plan will be released for public comment, prior to being finalised with consideration for the feedback received, anticipated to be around mid-2021.

  • When will the local structure plan be completed?

    The local structure plan is expected to be with the Western Australian Planning Commission for approval in late-2021. A draft plan will be out for public comment around mid-2021.

  • What impact will the local structure plan have to landowners?

    The local structure plan guides long-term land use in the area and informs decision-making on future development and subdivision applications, so there is no immediate impact on existing landowners.

    However, for some owners, the plan may change how their land is intended to be used in the future, for example through zoning changes.

  • Why is Bennett Springs East proposed as a future station only?

    A future station is planned at Bennett Springs East as population levels increase and planning progresses in the area. From day one of Morley-Ellenbrook Line operations, residents living in the area will be close to Malaga and Whiteman Park stations, both with large park and ride facilities. Improved bus connections are also part of the project.

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