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The McGowan Labor Government is putting the State to work, by getting underway a significant number of job-creating transport projects that will bust congestion, make our roads safer and meet WA’s future planning needs.

METRONET is well underway, with significant funding allocated towards a number of projects, including the Morley-Ellenbrook Line and new railcars to service METRONET.

The State Budget also includes a major package of works to build new road infrastructure across the metropolitan area and regional WA, with dozens of job-creating projects either underway or set to start construction in 2018-19.


  • $3.6 billion allocated to METRONET projects in total
  • Six rail projects totalling 72km either planned or under construction
  • WA jobs maximised with 50% local content for 246 new METRONET railcars
  • More than $2 billion being spent on regional roads
  • Dozens of major road projects set to get underway in 2018-19
  • $135 million investment in cycling infrastructure


The McGowan Government is building METRONET, an integrated transport plan, to connect our suburbs with world-class public transport, reduce road congestion and create thousands of local jobs. The 2018-19 METRONET Budget represents WA’s biggest ever investment in rail infrastructure.


The $1.9 billion project remains on track for completion in late 2020, with new stations at Redcliffe, Airport Central and Forrestfield.


The $536 million project will extend the Thornlie Line to Cockburn Station, the first stage of a potential Circle Line, with two new stations at Nicholson Road and Ranford Road.

Yanchep Rail

The $520 million project will extend the northern suburbs rail line to Yanchep, with three new stations at Alkimos, Eglinton and Yanchep.

LeveL Crossing

$69 million is being invested to remove the dangerous level crossing at Denny Avenue in Kelmscott, with further planning underway to remove other crossings, located at Caledonian Avenue, Oats Street and Wharf Street.


The new rail line will service the north-eastern suburbs, planning is well underway with the first stage of the project including a major upgrade to Bayswater Station, providing additional space and capability to allow for the new rail connection.

Byford Rail

Planning work is underway to extend the Armadale Line south to Byford.

Midland Station

Planning work is underway to build a new Midland station further east, helping revitalise Midland with a new urban hub and extend the rail line to Bellevue.

More than $50 million is allocated in this budget to continue planning work on the Morley-Ellenbrook Line, Byford Rail Extension, Midland Station Project and new Karnup Station, with a further $750 million allocated over the forward estimates while the projects are developed further.


  • $1.6 billion project to deliver 246 new METRONET railcars over the next 10 years
  • First stage of the project involves the delivery of 102 new railcars (17 six-car sets) to service the new METRONET projects as they come online
  • A follow-on order for 144 railcars (24 six-car sets) has also been included, to replace the network’s ageing A-series railcars used on heritage lines
  • Funding for a local railcar assembly facility and associated infrastructure is also included within the project’s budget
  • It is the largest order of railcars in WA’s history
  • At least 50 per cent of the manufacturing of new railcars to be completed in Western Australia, providing a major boost for WA jobs.

More information about METRONET is available


The McGowan Government’s second Budget includes $3.2 billion for road infrastructure to reduce congestion, improve safety and create thousands of WA jobs.

A significant number of road projects have recently started construction or will get underway soon. The McGowan Government is delivering its election commitments and planning the next round of important road priorities.

  • $145 million for the duplication of Armadale Road between Anstey Road and Tapper Road
  • $237 million for the Armadale Road Bridge, connecting North Lake Road
  • $49 million for the Kwinana Freeway northbound widening between Russell Road and Roe Highway
  • $86 million for the provision of a bridge at the intersection of Roe Highway and Kalamunda Road
  • $40 million for widening the southbound lanes of Mitchell Freeway between Cedric and Vincent Street
  • $115 million for bridges at the intersection of Wanneroo Road and Ocean Reef Road and Wanneroo Road and Joondalup Drive
  • $31 million for the Wanneroo Road dual carriageway between Joondalup Drive and Flynn Drive
  • $70 million for the duplication of Reid Highway between Altone Road and West Swan Road
  • $15 million to undertake upgrades to Mitchell Freeway from Hutton Street to Cedric Street northbound
  • $125 million for the extension of Stephenson Avenue between Scarborough Beach Road and the Mitchell Freeway
  • $118 million for the High Street upgrade between Carrington Street and Stirling Highway


The McGowan Government is delivering more than $2 billion on regional roads, including a significant funding allocation for safety related road programs and $70 million to deliver upgrades on roads where there is a high risk of run-off road accidents.

  • $106.3 million over the forward estimates period to commence the northern and southern sections of the Bunbury Outer Ring Road
  • $20 million to widen a 58 kilometre section of the Indian Ocean Drive to allow a greater centre separation between traffic and reduce the risk of off-path and head-on crashes
  • $347 million for a range of upgrades on the Great Northern Highway from Muchea to Wubin
  • $66 million to complete construction of the remaining 90 kilometres of unsealed sections of the Broome to Cape Leveque Road
  • $30 million for upgrades to the South Coast Highway between Albany and Jerramungup
  • $50 million for Stage 3 of the Karratha-Tom Price Road improvement project
  • $35 million to progress planning for Stages 2 and 3 of the Albany Ring Road
  • $17 million to continue upgrades to Great Eastern Highway on priority sections identified in the Wheatbelt Safety Review


  • $67 million will be used to close gaps along the Fremantle Railway and Mitchell Freeway Principal Shared Paths (PSPs), completing an interconnected network of pathways extending 15 kilometres from the Perth CBD
  • This includes the bringing forward of $18.7 million for construction to start on the highly anticipated missing section of the Fremantle Railway PSP in 2018-19
  • $31 million will be available for the planning, design and construction of local bicycle infrastructure including $5.3 million in 2021-22 to continue the Bike Boulevard grant program and maintain WA Bicycle Network grants into the forward estimates
  • The four-year cycling plan also comprises over $36.5 million for cycling and pedestrian facilities as part of major road projects