Department of Transport (through Parsons Brinkerhoff)
Perth, Western Australia
The first phase of a transformational project to introduce a light rail network to Perth metropolitan area.

The Western Australian Government is planning a light rail network for Perth in response to increasing travel demands and public transport growth due to the fast-growing population within the inner Perth metropolitan area.

Light rail is one of the state government’s five key transformational projects for the city and a phase one route has been earmarked for construction towards the second half of this decade. The full network includes legs from the CBD to Mirrabooka/Balga, to the University of Western Australia via QEII Medical Precinct and to Curtin University via Victoria Park.

Hames Sharley is providing ongoing strategic support to lead engineering consultant Parsons Brinckerhoff in the initial concept design for the light rail network. The initial routes will extend to the north, west and east of Perth CBD to provide a mass transit system to key destinations and activity centres within the inner metropolitan area. Hames Sharley is providing land use planning, urban design and landscape architectural services to this complex study, examining how to integrate light rail into dense urban environments and busy arterial corridors within central Perth. The project is also considering associated development opportunities adjacent to key nodal stops and within activity centres along the planned routes.

The project has included facilitation of a series of stakeholder engagement workshops examining opportunities and challenges for selected locations along the route and is currently continuing with Hames Sharley contributing to a number of studies as part of the business case for the light rail route.

Perth Inner City Light Rail Plan. Urban Development