Aurum Engineering


Project info
Architect : Woods Bagot
Builder : Laing O'Rourke
Value : $1.1B
Completion Date : December 2024
Sector/Industry : Construction, Government
Project detail

MELconnx Consortium (Laing O’Rourke Australia Construction) was awarded the main construction contractor in October, for the design and construction of the Morley to Ellenbrook extension. The long awaited project will link the fast-growing north-eastern suburbs directly with the wider Perth passenger rail network, with trains expected to be operational in 2024.

The 21km rail line is the longest METRONET rail project to get underway and is the most significant expansion of the rail network since the Mandurah Line opened in 2007. The new rail line will have five new stations at Morley, Noranda, Malaga, Whiteman Park and Ellenbrook, with future-proofing for a station at Bennett Springs East. Works are already well underway at the new Bayswater Station, which will include a dedicated platform for the Morley-Ellenbrook Line trains. Enabling civil and structural works are also being delivered under the Tonkin Gap Project and Associated Works project, which will allow the new rail line to be built in the median of the Tonkin Highway between Bayswater and Malaga.

The Morley-Ellenbrook Line project will support around 6,500 local WA jobs.

“This has been talked about for decades and is a big step forward for this project, which will transform Perth’s growing north-eastern suburbs and benefit the local and surrounding communities…big infrastructure projects like METRONET’s Morley-Ellenbrook Line are imperative to WA’s Covid-19 economic recovery as they create a pipeline of work and support thousands of jobs.”


Aurum Engineering has provided electrical engineering support to Melconnx for all five stations, as well line-wide components enabling electrification and integration between the rail corridor and the station precincts. Construction is anticipated to be completed in December 2024.