Western Australia


Forrestfield–Airport Link (FAL)


Forrestfield–Airport Link (FAL) is a new railway line that will connect the Perth CBD to Forrestfield via Perth airport. The railway line will diverge from the existing Midland line near Bayswater station, and then run to Forrestfield through underground tunnels. Three new stations will be built on the line. From the turnout at Bayswater the new stations will be Redcliffe, Airport Central and High Wycombe. The new line will be 8.5 km in length and include 8 km of twin tunnels, with the route passing underneath the Swan River. Tunnelling commenced in 2017, and the first trains are scheduled to run on the line in 2022.


Kenwick Rail Freight Facility


Kenwick Rail Freight Facility is being constructed by the Western Australian Public Transport Authority (PTA) and will connect to the freight railway line from Midland to Kwinana and Fremantle. The facility will include:

  • rail handling, welding and storage areas

  • ballast loading tracks and stockpiles

  • storage areas for rail track maintenance equipment

  • a connection to the existing freight railway network.

Responsibility for the facility will lie with the rail freight network operator, while the PTA will retain ownership of the land.

Koodaideri Project


Rio Tinto is developing a new iron ore mine in the Pilbara region of Western Australia, along with a new railway line that will connect the mine to the existing network. Koodaideri is about 35 km north-west of the existing Yandicoogina mine and about 110 km from Newman. The railway will be 110 km long.



Metronet is a long-term public transport plan for Perth. It focuses on connecting suburbs in Perth through the provision of railway lines and train services. Stage One of Metronet includes:

  • completing the Forrestfield–Airport Link railway line

  • extension of the Joondalup railway line from Butler to Yanchep

  • extension of the Thornlie line to Cockburn Central on the Mandurah line

  • construction of a railway line from the existing Midland line to Morley and Ellenbrook

  • extension of suburban services from Armadale to Byford

  • construction of a new Midland railway station to replace the existing station

  • extension of suburban services from Midland to Bellevue

  • construction of a new railway station at Karnup on the Mandurah railway line

  • removal of level crossings on the Armadale, Midland and Fremantle lines

  • upgrading or Bayswater station on the Midland Line and Claremont station on the Fremantle line.


Railcar Program


The major part of the Railcar Program involves the delivery of 246 new electric train carriages for the Perth suburban and interurban railway network, which will be formed into 41 six-car sets. 102 new train carriages (formed into 17 six-car sets) will be required for new railway lines constructed as part of Metronet, and 144 carriages (formed into 24 six-car sets) will replace the current A Series trains, which commenced service in 1992. The new trains will be known as the C Series, and it is expected that they will mostly operate on the Mandurah and Joondalup lines, where high speeds can be reached. The procurement process is underway and delivery of the new trains is expected to begin in 2021. Also included in the Railcar Program is the replacement of the five Diesel Multiple Unit (DMU) carriages that currently operate the Australind between Perth and Bunbury.