The $240 million project to extend the Joondalup Line to Butler began with the passing by State Parliament of the Butler to Brighton Railway Bill 2010.
Extending approximately 7.5km north of the existing Clarkson Station, the new park ‘n’ ride train and bus station in the suburb of Butler will provide a valuable service to Perth’s rapidly growing north-west suburbs.
Features of the project include:
- A park ’n’ ride station with approximately 930 car bays
- 11 new buses to provide feeder services into Butler and Clarkson stations
- Opportunity to positively influence land use around the station as a Transit Oriented Development
- Four additional railcars have been acquired to accommodate the extra passengers
- Three road-over-rail bridges at Landbeach Boulevard, Benenden Avenue and the future Butler Boulevard.
With more than 2,000 passengers expected to board at Butler Station every day, the project will also help ease pressure on the Mitchell Freeway and major road corridors.
Contracts for the following works have been awarded and work is under way:
- Preparation of the railway alignment. These earthworks will extend from Hester Avenue to join with the existing earthworks south of Landbeach Boulevard (awarded December 2010).
- Construction of three bridges located at Landbeach Boulevard, Benenden Avenue and the future Butler Boulevard (awarded May 2011).
- The installation of 26.5km of fibre-optic cable between Perth and Joondalup. This contract includes digging a trench alongside the railway line and installing about 160 pits and the conduit for the cable (awarded September 2011).
- Construction of the $22m Butler park 'n' ride station (awarded in July 2012).
Passenger services are expected to start by the end of 2014.
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