Eliwana Mine and Rail
Fortescue Metals Group is expanding its iron ore and railway network in the Pilbara region of Western Australia. The railway will be extended 143 km from Solomon Hub to Western Hub to service the new mine. It is expected to be operating by December 2020.
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 Forrestfield. 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 2021.
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. It is expected to be ready for operation in late 2020.
Koodaideri Mine and Railway
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, with production at the mine expected in late 2021.
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.
Pilbara Sky Rail
Mineral Resources Limited plans to build and operate a 330 km railway line in the Pilbara region from Iron Valley (north-west of Newman) to Port Hedland. Most of the line is proposed to use an elevated system up to two metres above the ground, which in some locations could be higher than six metres, such as when crossing over existing railway lines. The line would be built on concrete structures that could be re-located in the future. This design minimises the need for major earthworks and would be less damaging to the environment. Driverless trains of over 2 km in length would consist of between 260 and 312 wagons, and be hauled by power cars that use a dual fuel (diesel and gas) system. When completed the railway would have the capacity to transport between 30 million and 40 million tonnes of iron ore annually. The project has been given approval by the Western Australian Environmental Protection Authority.
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.