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METRONET has announced preferred proponents for the design and construction of two major projects — the Victoria Park-Canning Level Crossing Removal project and the Byford Rail extension.

The Victoria Park-Canning Level Crossing Removal project will see the Armadale Line Upgrade Alliance (ALUA comprising Acciona Construction Australia, BMD Constructions, WSP Australia and AECOM Australia) work to remove level crossings along the Armadale Line at Mint Street, Oats Street, Welshpool Road, Hamilton Street and Wharf Street and replace them with elevated rail.

New elevated stations will be built at Carlisle, Oats Street, Queens Park and Cannington, which will enable safer and improved rail connections to schools and businesses.

The gates at each of these level crossings are down for more than three hours a day, causing traffic congestion and frustration for commuters.

The MetCONNX Alliance (comprising Laing O’Rourke Australia Construction, Pritchard Francis Consulting and Kellog Brown & Root) will extend the Armadale Line 8km south for the Byford Rail Extension. 

A new Byford Station, located 400m north of Abernethy Road, will provide future passengers with a 42-minute train journey to the Perth CBD and support the growing town centre.

Following additional funding from the Federal Government in May 2021, the Byford Rail Extension project has expanded to include removing level crossings at Armadale Road, Forrest Road and Church Avenue by elevating the rail and Armadale Station in this area.

Early work on the Byford Rail Extension is already underway on the Thomas Road Over Rail Project.

Negotiations with the preferred proponent for each project will commence to finalise the detailed scope and cost of the project, before an Alliance contract is signed in coming months.

The Federal and Western Australian Governments have worked together to allocate up to an additional $600 million to these two major projects and the new Midland Station project.

The Federal Government has also allocated an additional $25 million to the Canning Bridge Interchange project.

The additional budget allocation reflects market cost pressures and project scope changes.

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