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METRONET Bayswater Station complete

The WA Government’s METRONET program has reached another significant milestone today, with the New Bayswater Station – one of the biggest outside of the CBD – now officially complete.

The METRONET New Bayswater Station will become the meeting point for three separate train lines – it is already servicing the Midland and Airport Lines, with METRONET Morley-Ellenbrook Line trains on track to commence services later this year

The elevated four-platform station also includes a new bus interchange, car park, bike parking and 10 new retail spaces around the base of the station.

An expression of interest is progressing for the 10 new retail spaces, with the first businesses expected to begin occupying the spaces later this year.

Premier Roger Cook celebrated the opening.

“METRONET is transforming our suburbs and setting up our communities for the long-term,” he said.

“The METRONET New Bayswater Station is a perfect example – a stunning new station, breathing new life into the Bayswater town centre and opening up new opportunities for hospitality, retail and public open space.

“Importantly, this project clears the way for the METRONET Morley-Ellenbrook Line to open later this year, in what will be an enormous milestone for our north eastern suburbs.”

The project has been incredibly complex, delivering an elevated station in a constrained space, while also connecting three separate train lines into one.

Works on the new station commenced in late 2020 and included a number of significant moments, including the demolition of the iconic Bayswater Bridge.

The demolition of the bridge garnered huge community attention, with plans in place for a public art installation utilising a section of the old bridge.

Transport Minister Rita Saffioti said that right across Perth they are seeing communities being transformed and better connected.

“The Bayswater town centre is completely unrecognisable to what it was before, with an elevated four-platform station replacing what was effectively a shed at the old station,” she said.

“There have been a lot of big milestones along the way, none more so than the demolition of the old Bayswater Bridge, which garnered a huge amount of community attention.

“We are now in the process of undertaking landscaping and installation of public art pieces, and one of those pieces will include a segment of the old bridge.

“Later this year we will see the station reach its full-service capacity when Morley-Ellenbrook Line trains commence – making it the busiest station outside of the CBD.

“I know the past couple of years have been very challenging for local businesses and residents and I want to say a big thank you for everyone’s patience.”

The southern half of the station was completed and opened in October last year, while works have been continued on the northern half of the station over the past six months.

With major works wrapping up in recent weeks, attention has turned to landscaping around the station with more than 170 trees being planted, as well as around 16,000 plants and shrubs in 4300 square metres of new garden beds.

A number of public art pieces are also being finalised and will be installed around the station over the coming months.