Planning for potential future Bunbury faster rail continues
- First major planning contract awarded to investigate potential future faster rail service
- KPMG awarded $500,000 contract to develop strategic business case
- Proposal will assess viability of improved public transport options between Perth and Bunbury, including faster rail
Planning to investigate a potential faster rail link between Bunbury and Perth is progressing, with consultants now on board to develop the project's strategic business case.
In partnership with MER Consult and Arup Group, KPMG has been awarded a $500,000 contract to produce the project's strategic business case, which will include evaluation of the potential economic, social and environmental costs and benefits of the project.
The proposal aims to improve public transport travel between Perth and Bunbury, with the existing Australind service trip taking two and a half hours.
Once complete, the strategic business case will help outline the economic and population conditions required for this future piece of transport infrastructure to be viable.
The Federal Government allocated $4 million in the 2020-21 Budget for high-level investigations into a faster train to Bunbury, with the State matching that investment.
Detailed planning work will continue throughout next year, with the strategic business case expected to be ready in mid-2024.
This is long-term planning for a fast train that, if the study finds it feasible, is still realistically many years away.
Comments attributed to Transport Minister Rita Saffioti:
"The business case will use population data, travel patterns, land use planning and other metrics to assess the project's economic, social and environmental benefits, which will help guide us when making decisions about its development.
"This is a long-term project looking well into the future. The strategic business case is a first step in understanding what a faster public transport link between Perth and Bunbury might look like."
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