Engineering, Passenger Rail

Perth Stadium station complete

Construction of the new $145 million train station to carry passengers to and from Perth’s Optus Stadium is now complete, with testing currently underway to prepare for its opening in January 2018 for the Community Open Day.

Located between Claisebrook and Burswood on the Armadale Line, Perth Stadium station is the second largest stop on the city’s network, with 6 platforms, 11 lifts, and a nearby stowage for 117 railcars.

It was delivered by an alliance of Laing O’Rourke and AECOM.

According to the state government, 28,000 people will be able to be moved from the stadium within an hour of the end of an event, while direct special event services to the stadium will be available on the Fremantle, Joondalup and Armadale train lines.

WA premier Mark McGowan said he saw the opening of the Optus stadium and its attendant station as the opportunity for Perth residents to partake in a “cultural shift” towards public transport usage.

“I think when they see this excellent piece of infrastructure and actually use the services on offer, they will see just how easy it is to get there using public transport,” McGowan said.

“There will be a campaign closer to the Community Open Day to help people to learn more about how best to get to and from the venue, and I urge everyone to take this information on board.”

State transport minister Rita Saffioti indicated that a projected transport plan for the stadium would become more effective with the expansion of the Metronet project, especially the Thornlie-Cockburn Link, which will help direct connections to the stadium station along the Mandurah Line.

“We have been working very hard to develop and refine a transport plan for Optus Stadium that works,” Saffioti said

“This has involved a co-ordinated response from the various transport agencies and departments to ensure the network is running as smoothly as possible for event days.”

Factsheets providing information on how to access the Optus stadium are available on the Public Transport Authority website, while the Optus Stadium and Transperth websites will be updated to include detailed venue, event and travel information.