The $1.5 billion new MetroRail project will effectively double the passenger rail network. It involves building the new Southern Suburbs Railway from central Perth to Mandurah, incorporating a new underground line through the city. A total of 81.5km of track and associated infrastructure will be added to the network, incorporating 15 new stations, eight upgraded stations, and 20 new bridges. The overall project is due for completion in December 2006.
A range of projects will take advantage of the MetroRail project. The CBD will be linked with Northbridge to eliminate the physical and visual barriers that the train line currently presents, improving the attractiveness of the City and safety and amenity of the area.
New TOD projects are proposed along Perth’s rail lines by both the public and private sectors. They include Somerley – a Transit Oriented community on a new Clarkson rail station with walkable neighbourhoods clustering around a small town centre; Wellard – a public-private joint venture with walk on transit oriented development with new Wellard station that includes a wide range of densities and housing; and Brighton – a large coastal green field urban extension on a future rail line with a new main street neighbourhood centre, demonstrating all scales from town and neighbourhood structuring to lot design.
Perth also facilitates urban revitalisation through redevelopment authorities, with a lot of activity occurring at East Perth – a major mixed use urban regeneration project of a former industrial area to a residential and business community, and revitalisation of Midland and Armadale major regional town centres.