The WA Government’s Metronet team has refined designs for an upgraded Bayswater Station, with more public space beneath the rail line and more connectivity with the town centre.
The upgrade of Bayswater Station is the first stage of building the Morley-Ellenbrook Line, one of the projects being conducted by Metronet, the body established by the McGowan Government to deliver major urban rail development around Perth.
Refinements were made after nearly 1,000 people were surveyed, and 300 locals attended recent community drop-in sessions.
Changes include making the station bigger, with a higher rail bridge and a revised road layout to provide for more public space.
Bus services will be integrated with the local traffic network under the rail line, to improve overall conditions within the town centre.
The overall cost of the refined design is estimated at $146 million.
A construction tender for the works will be released in early 2019, with work set to begin in late 2019, Premier Mark McGowan said.
“This project encapsulates what Metronet is about – it’s a key first step for the Morley-Ellenbrook Line and will be one of the final steps for the Forrestfield-Airport Link,” McGowan said.
“Along with creating a junction for our new Metronet lines, it will pump vibrancy and activity into the Bayswater town centre to support more jobs and local businesses.”
Local member Lisa Baker said the new design would support long term opportunities within the town centre.
“In recent months there have been letterbox drops, station meetings, direct emails and a number of public and stakeholder meetings to discuss the concept,” Baker said.
“I believe this design balances transport and land-use planning, as well as the needs of the community with some of the site constraints, while allowing for the Morley-Ellenbrook Line to connect here in the future.”