Perth, Australia (Urban Transport News): The Western Australia Government has awarded a contract worth $700 million to the consortium of O’Rourke Australia Construction and Arup (MELconnx Consortium) to design and build the 21 km Morley – Ellenbrook line to serve the northeast suburbs of Perth.
The contract was signed on 18th October 2020 by the Western Australian government and the Laing O’Rourke Australia. The four works packages include design, construction and commissioning of the 21 km line and five stations at Morley, Noranda, Malaga, Whiteman Park and Ellenbrook.
"Our business has had a long and deep relationship in Western Australia stretching over 50 years, having played a part in the delivery of a number of major projects including Chevron’s Wheatstone Project, Perth's new Stadium Station and most recently, the NorthLink WA central section and as a delivery partner working with Main Roads Western Australia on the Armadale Road to North Lake Road Bridge Project," said Cathal O’Rourke, Managing Director of Laing O’Rourke Australia.
“We are delighted to be granted the opportunity to design and construct this city-shaping piece of infrastructure for the people of Perth and Western Australia," he added.
Laing O’Rourke will also use this project as an opportunity to build on the successful Indigenous training and employment initiatives developed on the Armadale Road to North Lake Road Bridge Project.
“Our business is passionate about sharing the powerful economic benefits of our projects as broadly as possible and I am excited about the real potential we have to do this while delivering the Morley-Ellenbrook rail line,” O’Rourke further said.
The Morley – Ellenbrook line project has a total budget of A$1·1bn, making it the largest project in the Metronet transport investment package, and is being funded jointly by the Central and State governments.
This line is expected to open in 2024 and it is intended to provide a greater choice of transport options for people living and working in Perth’s growing northeastern suburbs, where the population is predicted to double by 2031 and is expected to avoid more than 10000 car trips a day by 2031.