METRONET’s Thornlie-Cockburn Link works are moving quickly, with the Mandurah Train Line set to reopen for the city of Perth on 15 January.
Almost 500 personnel have worked around the clock to remove 3km of rail tracks from the existing rail corridor between Cockburn Central Station and Glen Iris Tunnel, to make way for the new Thornlie-Cockburn Link tracks to be laid.
As part of these works, more than 13,000 tonnes of ballast has been removed to make way for new tracks to be laid for Perth’s first east-west rail connection.
Work is now well underway to install the new rail tracks with more than 5km to be laid by the end of the shutdown.
Overhead line equipment is currently being installed on the Mandurah Line heading to Perth with track, rail and sleeper installation underway on the line heading to Cockburn Central.
Due to the complexity of these works, the Mandurah Line has been temporarily closed between Aubin Grove Station and Elizabeth Quay Station since 26 December 2021, until 14 January 2022.
Rail replacement buses have been running along the rail line, including express services, to and from the Perth Convention and Exhibition Centre (PCEC), which has been transformed into a major pop-up bus station.