New MetroRail Project
Photograph: First train to Mandurah

The $1.66 billion New MetroRail (NMR) project - the largest public transport infrastructure project ever undertaken in Western Australia - effectively doubled Perth's metropolitan rail network.

NMR was the division of the PTA responsible for planning and overseeing the construction of the project. The division was disbanded following completion of the project.

The NMR project comprised of:

  • The construction of the Mandurah Line
  • The extension of the Joondalup Line from Currambine to Clarkson
  • The construction of the Thornlie spur line, off the Armadale Line, to a new station at Spencer Road
  • Railway infrastructure works through the Victoria Park area
  • The aquisition of 31 new B-series trains (configured as three-car sets)
  • The construction of Nowergup Depot for the storage, maintenance and cleaning of the new trains
  • A new station at Greenwood on the Joondalup Line, and the extension of existing station platforms to accommodate six-car trains

The centrepiece of the project was the Mandurah Line (formerly known as the Southern Suburbs Railway) from Perth to Mandurah, which was opened on Sunday 23 December, 2007.

The Mandurah Line comprises 72 route kilometres of double-track railway, 11 stations, 774m of twin-bored tunnels under the Perth CBD, 20 bridges and structures, significant road and civil works, a 25kV overhead wiring system, and two electrical substations.

The project successfully met complex engineering challenges including the design and construction of underground tunnels in Perth's CBD.  This has opened up opportunities to revitalise shopping and business areas. The project also provides people with better access to the Swan River foreshore and a doorstop service to the Perth Convention and Exhibition Centre. 

The $1.66 billion New MetroRail (NMR) project - the largest public transport infrastructure project ever undertaken in Western Australia - effectively doubled Perth's metropolitan rail network.

NMR was the division of the PTA responsible for planning and overseeing the construction of the project. The division was disbanded following completion of the project.

The NMR project comprised of:

  • The construction of the Mandurah Line
  • The extension of the Joondalup Line from Currambine to Clarkson
  • The construction of the Thornlie spur line, off the Armadale Line, to a new station at Spencer Road
  • Railway infrastructure works through the Victoria Park area
  • The aquisition of 31 new B-series trains (configured as three-car sets)
  • The construction of Nowergup Depot for the storage, maintenance and cleaning of the new trains
  • A new station at Greenwood on the Joondalup Line, and the extension of existing station platforms to accommodate six-car trains

The centrepiece of the project was the Mandurah Line (formerly known as the Southern Suburbs Railway) from Perth to Mandurah, which was opened on Sunday 23 December, 2007.

The Mandurah Line comprises 72 route kilometres of double-track railway, 11 stations, 774m of twin-bored tunnels under the Perth CBD, 20 bridges and structures, significant road and civil works, a 25kV overhead wiring system, and two electrical substations.

The project successfully met complex engineering challenges including the design and construction of underground tunnels in Perth's CBD.  This has opened up opportunities to revitalise shopping and business areas. The project also provides people with better access to the Swan River foreshore and a doorstop service to the Perth Convention and Exhibition Centre.