The Morley-Ellenbrook Line is a planned 21km-long rail line along the Transperth network aimed at providing better transport facilities and connections to the communities in the suburbs located north-east of Perth, Australia.

The proposed line will begin at the existing Midland Line, east of Bayswater Station, and head north-east to Ellenbrook.

McGowan’s Labor Government promised the project during the 2017 election as part of the Perth METRONET public transport programme. A tender for the conceptual planning of the Morley-Ellenbrook rail project was released in October 2017.

The Western Australian Government selected a team comprising Perth-based consultancy group ARUP, Roberts Day and Ernst and Young to undertake options analysis and design work for the Morley-Ellenbrook line in April 2018.

The initial survey phase of the project was completed in early-2018, while construction is expected to begin in early-2020 with completion scheduled for the end of 2022.

Morley-Ellenbrook line details

The proposed Morley-Ellenbrook line will feature six stations along the Transperth network, including Morley, Noranda, Malaga, Bennett Springs, Whiteman and Ellenbrook, which will be built in the Ellenbrook town centre.

Malaga station will be built on the government-owned land on Marshall road and aims to connect Ballajura, Alexander Heights, Landsdale and the Malaga employment district.

Whiteman station will serve the people around Brabham and Henley Brook areas and those visiting Whiteman Park. Morley station aims to connect the Walter road in Morley along with the Morley town centre, while the Noranda station will connect Benara road to better serve to the surrounding suburbs.

“Upon completion of the upgrade, the Bayswater station will become a key transport hub connecting all the stations in the Transperth network along with the town centre.”

The project also includes upgrades to the Bayswater station to serve the Midland, Forrestfield-Airport Link and the future Morley-Ellenbrook line. Work includes the upgrade of existing infrastructure, including signalling systems, and construction of new rail infrastructure between Bayswater and Meltham stations. An automatic train control system will also be installed as part of the upgrade.

Upon completion of the upgrade, the Bayswater station will become a key transport hub connecting all the stations in the Transperth network along with the town centre.

Financing for the Morley-Ellenbrook line

The estimated investment for the Morley-Ellenbrook rail line is A$863m ($665m). The McGowan Government allocated A$20m ($15m) in the 2017-18 state budget to fund the planning and design work.

The Federal Government will provide up to $500m ($388m) for the construction of the proposed line as part of the $1.05bn federal investment allocated to METRONET in the 2018-19 Commonwealth Budget.

Rolling stock

The future Morley-Ellenbrook rail line is expected to employ C-Series trains, which will be designed to provide comfort for passengers.

Trains will feature four doors per car to provide passengers with quick and convenient access at station platforms.

Morley-Ellenbrook rail project benefits

The Morley-Ellenbrook rail project is expected to further expand Perth’s existing heavy rail network and create more than 3,000 jobs during the construction phase.

The line is also anticipated to provide improved connectivity, and reliable and safe services during peak hours.

The project is also expected to reduce traffic congestion for people living in Ellenbrook, Whiteman, Dayton and Brabham.