Western Australia’s TRANSPORT Minister Dean Nalder has announced that the extension of Butler rail station in Perth is set to open on 21 September.
The $221m project is being delivered three months ahead of schedule. It was initially estimated to cost approximately $241m, but would now be delivered roughly $20m under budget.
Nalder said: "We expect about 2,000 people a day will use the station to commute to work in the city, Joondalup or even Mandurah.
"The station will provide an important service to residents of this booming northern suburb and will take pressure off existing facilities at Clarkson Station and the Mitchell Freeway."
According to Nalder, the 7.5km rail extension will serve as a crucial link to the growing community in Butler.
The new station features digital display boards, landscaping and security cameras connected to the public transport authority’s central monitoring room.
A total of 41,600t of ballast, 1,870t of rail and 28,100 concrete sleepers were used to deliver the project.
Prior to opening the station for public service, Transperth will conduct extensive testing and driver training on the rail extension.