Perth Light Rail

With Perth’s population set to grow to 2.65 million by 2031, the city needs a high-capacity public transport system to ease congestion and link major activity centres.


  • Perth, Western Australia, Australia


Project Value

  • AU$1.9 billion

Project Status

  • Deferred

In September 2012, the State Government announced Metro Area Express (MAX), a 22 km light rail transit network for Perth. The AU$1.9 billion project is aimed at changing the face of the city’s transport system and help to create a vibrant and sustainable community for future generations.


Delivering Comprehensive Services

We were the lead designer for the proposed light rail project. We performed all aspects of the concept design and managed subconsultants for the traffic, urban design and cost-estimating packages of work.


Our role also included:

  • The geometric design of the light rail alignment including stops/stations
  • Investigation into impacts on public utilities
  • Assessment and appropriate response to traffic network impacts
  • Structural assessments and design for bridges and retaining walls
  • Consideration of social, environmental and heritage impacts
  • Stakeholder consultation
  • Detailed cost estimates
  • Road safety auditing


Later, in joint venture with AECOM, we formed an Integrated Services (IS) team to deliver the next phase of the project. The IS team worked collaboratively with our client and local councils to deliver the Real Potential Business Case in September 2013.



In December 2013, due to critical budget pressures, the State Government announced the deferral of the project for three years and later abandoned the project.

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