The Western Australian Government has released its vision for the future of METRONET’s Morley Station and the surrounding public spaces.
The Morley Station Precinct Concept Master Plan is a blueprint for the long-term urban renewal around the future station, and details how safe routes for walking and bike riding, improvements to open space areas, and development along Walter Road West and Broun Avenue, will support key connections to Morley Galleria.
The $1.1 billion Morley-Ellenbrook Line and the new Broun Avenue bridge, currently under construction, are central to the plan.
At more than 60m wide, it will be one of the widest road and bus interchange bridges in Perth.
It has been built with 26 T-Roff beams, manufactured locally in Hazelmere, measuring almost 40m in length and weighing around 170 tonnes each.
Work has also begun on the tunnel where the new Morley-Ellenbrook line will divert from the existing Midland Line.
The tunnel will allow the new train line to dive underneath the Tonkin Highway northbound lane, emerging in the centre median where it will then travel to train stations further north and to Ellenbrook.
More than 1,000 piles have been installed for the works with pile capping for the beams underway.
A total of around 500 tonnes of locally supplied steel reinforcement is required to complete this work.
The Concept Master Plan release coincides with significant works occurring as part of the Morley-Ellenbrook Line and Tonkin Gap Project – the new Broun Avenue road and bus bridge a key feature.
Western Australian Premier, Mark McGowan, said, “Not only do projects like the Morley-Ellenbrook Line and Tonkin Gap Project support thousands of jobs during construction, the new stations, like Morley Station, will support jobs in the future as the local areas develop over time.
“The construction of the rail line to Ellenbrook is tracking along as planned and is set to be completed in 2024.”
In April 2020, METRONET asked the community for input into what the future should look like around Morley Station, and more than 260 people within the community answered.
Green spaces, cafes and walking connections were highlighted as the top features desired, which was further developed through a collaborative design process with the City of Baywater and a Community Reference Group.
Western Australian Transport Minister, Rita Saffioti, said, “The Morley Station Precinct Concept Master Plan was shaped by the local community who see the future for the area as one that embraces change and makes the most of the advantages that come from a new train station.
“It is the first step in making the most of our investment in the area to drive land use which include the housing, local job, and amenities opportunities that our community really cares about.”
The next step will see precinct structure planning undertaken to inform development of future roads, community facilities, public space and land use around Morley Station.
Precinct structure planning is also progressing for the area around Malaga Station and a concept master plan is underway to set the long-term vision for the area around Whiteman Park Station.
For more information on the Morley Station Precinct Concept Master Plan, visit https://www.metronet.wa.gov.au.