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Plans for the new Ellenbrook rail line are moving ahead, with a multi-million dollar contract about to be awarded.
According to Seven News, the contract will finalise the rail route and engineering details for the $900 million project, in what is likely to be music to the ears of Ellenbrook residents.
The rail line to Perth’s north-east has been on the cards for 20 years, but the project now seems closer than ever.
The favoured rail route for the Ellenbrook line.Picture: 7 News“It’s a big first step in the Ellenbrook rail line,” Transport Minister Rita Saffioti said.
“What this tender will do is we’ll develop the business case.”
Ms Saffioti confirmed the contract will go to tender on Thursday and be awarded by mid-December.
There are three main options for the rail line, with the favoured route from Ellenbrook over Reid Highway and south along Tonkin Highway before joining the Midland line between Bayswater and Ashfield stations.
But the tender documents to be released next week call for up to 10 rail alignment options to be taken into account before a final route is settled on.
“You have to put forward a series of alternatives, then prove why the route you’ve chosen is the best route,” Ms Saffioti said.
“Everyone who knows this government, and knows me, knows we are deadly serious about the Ellenbrook rail line.”
The project report will cover a variety of expected issues including heritage, planning and existing legislation.
The finalised report will form the basis of the funding request to Infrastructure Australia – and hopefully a money promise from both Malcolm Turnbull and Bill Shorten.
This article first appeared on thewest.com.au
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