New Metronet Expansion Set To Increase Property Values

12 September 2019
Ellenbrook Route Announcement

A new 21km train line will ensure the growing eastern suburbs of Perth are well-connected to the CBD. In the final planning stages, the new railway will start at Ellenbrook’s town centre and connect to the Midland line at Bayswater station.

Along with the Ellenbrook station, new stations and the routes were announced in early August, and will include:

  • Whiteman Park – Connecting Henley Brook, Dayton, West Swan and Brabham to the city, as well as bringing the people of Perth to Whiteman Park, a popular destination for families.
  • Bennett Springs East – An up and coming suburb, this station is future-proofing Metronet to support a growing population.
  • Malaga – Malaga is an employment hub with thousands of jobs in the are. This station will make public transport a viable option for people working in Malaga.
  • Noranda – Conveniently located on Tonkin Highway at Benara Road, this station will serve the well-established communities of Noranda, Morley, Beechboro, Kiara and Lockridge.
  • Morley – High-frequency bus services will operate from Morley station, connecting businesses and the community to Morley Galleria.

Bayswater station is already undergoing an upgrade as part of the Metronet project with 2 platforms, allowing it to accommodate the existing Midland line services and the new Airport and Ellenbrook routes.

Impact on Property Values

This new infrastructure will provide access to convenient public transport, which is a big factor in the value of a property and something people look for in deciding where to buy.

In some areas across Australia, infrastructure such as a train line has increased property value within the area by up to 30%! The attraction of an area definitely increases when a train station is within walking distance, with some property developers now only building within 800m of train stations. While that is a little extreme for Perth where we like to spread out a little more, being within 2km of a station is a huge drawcard.

With the popularity of the eastern suburbs, community amenities being developed and the news of Metronet, prices of homes between Morley and Ellenbrook will only increase in the coming years.

Impact on Commute Times

Taking public transport into the city from Ellenbrook at peak travel times currently takes approximately 1 hour. With the planned Ellenbrook line stations, this time will take just half of that, with a trip from Ellenbrook station to the Perth CBD being only 30 minutes.

See below the times for other new stations and just how quickly residents will be able to get into the city for work once the lines are running.

Project Progress & ETA

Metronet is still in the planning phases, with the Business Case submission to Infrastructure Australia to be finalised in the last quarter of 2019. From that point, the Project Definition stage must be worked through before construction begins. While there is no official construction estimate as yet, based on similar works it would be reasonable to suggest an early 2021 start to construction.

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