METRONET: Yanchep Rail Extension

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Perth northern corridor rail network capacity
High Priority Project
Infrastructure Category
Proposed By
WA Government
Near term (0-5 years)
Perth's northern suburbs, WA
8_METRONET Yanchep Rail Extension

Problem to be addressed

Perth’s north-west sub-region is experiencing rapid population growth. After 2021, this growth is anticipated to increasingly concentrate in the City of Wanneroo due to its supply of undeveloped urban-zoned land and continuing demand for coastal living. By 2050, the City of Wanneroo is projected to accommodate nearly three-quarters of the sub-region’s total population.

Without high-quality public transport services, Perth’s growing but low density northern suburbs risk having high levels of car ownership and use. This is already placing pressure on the road network and causing congestion.

Project description

The Yanchep Rail Extension is a project within the Western Australian Government’s METRONET rail program. It would extend the Joondalup Line from Butler Station to Yanchep, 14.5 km to the north, with new stations at Alkimos, Eglinton and Yanchep. The new line will include grade separations and over-bridges at key road crossings.

Parking bays will be provided at each station, and upgrades to the bus network will increase feeder services, enabling more people to travel to and from the train stations using buses.

Six train services would be provided from Yanchep towards the CBD during the morning peak hour.

Economic, social and environmental value

Extending the rail line to this growth area would provide more transport choices for residents and reduce demand on the roads, particularly in the peak periods.

The proponent’s stated benefit-cost ratio is 2.6, with a net present value of $1,571 million (7% real discount rate).

Capital cost of initiative as stated by proponent (2018 business case) Commercial-in-Confidence | Australian Government contribution To be determined | State government contribution To be determined | Private sector contribution N/A