Alkimos is set to become the focus of the State Government’s first Metronet project to be built on a railway, with plans to develop the community around the railway network.
The McGowan Government unveiled project as part of the $3.6 billion public transport revamp on Thursday, revealing the suburb as the location of the first new train station along Metronet’s Yanchep Rail Extension connecting Yanchep to Butler.
“Alkimos Central is set to become a key new Metronet precinct of the northern suburbs – it embodies all the wider aims of the Metronet program,” Premier Mark McGowan said.
“Metronet is more than an integrated public transport plan connecting Perth’s suburbs. It’s also about creating communities where people can live and work, while being able to access services and public transport.”
Alkimos will become a new hub that will feature residential, retail and tourism developments, with the Western Australian Planning Commission recently approving the structure plan for Alkimos Central.
It’s centrally located train and bus station will become the suburb’s central feature, making it one of the first transit oriented developments delivered in the northern suburbs.
It is expected to boost the region’s population to 60,000 is in the fully developed Alkimos-Eglinton District.
Construction of Alkimos Central is expected to create up to 13,500 new local jobs, while the development of the Yanchep Rail Extension will generate more than 1,600 jobs.
Initial earthworks for the train station are expected to commence in mid-2019, with Alkimos station expected to be fully operational in 2021.
Mr McGowan said it was community orientated development.
“Metronet is more than integrated public transport plan connecting Perth’s suburbs,” he said.
“It’s also about creating communities where people can live and work, while being able to access services and public transport.”
Transport Minister Rita Saffioti said it would serve the community in its own right.
“Alkimos Central will perform a dual function of providing access to transportation services to its residents, but also serve as a destination to visit, work and shop.”