A new METRONET train station will be built in Perth’s Eastern suburbs.
The McGowan Government has confirmed the relocation of Midland’s new train station will be between Helena and Cale streets.
The current 51-year-old station will be replaced with a new 12,000sqm railcar manufacturing and assembly facility.
The next stage of the project will focus on station layout and design in preparation for procurement and construction.
Transport Minister Rita Saffioti highlighted that the project will integrate transport modes and infrastructure.
“METRONET is not just about creating new rail lines, it’s also about reinvigorating existing stations and infrastructure to provide the community with well-designed places that support walking, cycling and public transport.”
The facility will feature three platforms, a new bus interchange, car park, bicycle facilities and a new shared path.
The Helena Street level crossing will close due to growth in freight rail operations and frequency of metro trains.
The crossing will be replaced with a new one at Cale Street and will connect through to Centennial Place.
The business case for the project has been submitted to Infrastructure Australia and the project definition plan will be completed in mid-2020.
Saffioti said the new Midland Station will make it easier for commuters, local businesses and residents to connect to public transport
“Relocating Midland Station has been high on the wish list of eastern suburbs locals for many years and it is now another step closer to becoming a reality,” Saffioti said.
The new station will be closer to the centre of Midland, Midland Health Campus, and the Workshops precinct.
Midland MLA Michelle Roberts said a new Midland train station has been needed for a long time.
“State of the art facilities, combined with a more central location will help boost train patronage and visitors to local businesses,” Roberts said.
Construction will start on the new manufacturing facility in Bellevue in the first half of this year.
Planning will continue for a future rail extension to Bellevue, which would be delivered in the next stage of the McGowan Government’s METRONET transformation of Perth’s rail network.