Proponents have moved to the next stage on three Metronet construction projects in Perth. Read more
The Western Australia government has unveiled a series of works for Perth’s Armadale Line to improve safety and increase access along the line through Perth’s south-eastern suburbs.
The WA government and federal government will jointly fund the removal of up to six level crossings.
The $415 million plan to remove three level crossings at Oats Street, Mint Street, and Welshpool Road, along with assessment of three level crossings at William, Wharf, and Hamilton streets has been submitted to Infrastructure Australia.
Procurement will begin on the Metronet project before the end of 2020, said WA Transport Minister Rita Saffioti.
“Submitting the business case to Infrastructure Australia is the next step forward to removing these boom gates,” she said.
The rail line will be raised over the road at the level crossings for up to 2.8 kilometres. The elevated rail option will enable better connections between adjoining communities, safer roads, and less noise.
As part of the WA Recovery Plan, train stations on the Armadale line will be upgraded to improve disability access.
$8 million will be spent on Cannington, Gosnells, and Kelmscott stations to bring them up to the Disability Standards for Accessible Public Transport 2002 (DSAPT).
These improvements will include better pedestrian access, the relocation of passenger information and ticket vending machines, and better lighting, signage, and CCTV coverage.
At Gosnells station, upgrades to the parking area will be part of the works, while at Kelmscott Station the bus stand infrastructure will also be improved.
“Public transport is for everyone, and we have a responsibility to ensure that anybody using our stations can do so as safely as possible, regardless of their mobility levels,” said Saffioti.
“These upgrades will mean all patrons using Cannington, Gosnells and Kelmscott stations will be able to use Transperth train services with dignity and independence.”
The project is part of the WA Recovery Plan, which has identified projects that can begin immediately and inject activity into the WA economy.
The location of a new station for the community of Byford has been selected as preparatory works kick off before the end of 2020.
The new Byford station will be the terminus of an extended Armadale Line, bringing electric trains to the south-eastern Perth outer suburb for the first time. Byford is currently served by the Australind service between Perth and Bunbury.
To prepare for the new rail line, the Thomas Road level crossing will be replaced with a road-over-rail bridge. The removal of this level crossing has been added to the Armadale Road to North Lake Road Bridge project, enabling works to begin sooner.
The Western Australia government has also submitted the Byford Rail Extension project’s business case to Infrastructure Australia for consideration and potential federal funding.
The new Byford Station and extended Armadale Line will serve the area as it grows to 35,000 people by 2036, double the area’s current population, said WA Premier Mark McGowan.
“Once complete, the project will make it easier for Byford residents to catch public transport in to Armadale, and other centres on the route to the Perth CBD, opening up new opportunities for employment, education, and entertainment.”
Byford Station would be built next to the Byford Town Centre, 8km south of Armadale Station. The project also includes a new car park, a bus interchange, and a pedestrian crossing over the railway line.
“The Byford Rail Extension will also act as a catalyst for further development in the future town centre, maximising the growth potential of the town.”
Armadale Station will also be upgraded to accommodate longer, six-car trains, a new Australind platform and an extended pedestrian overpass. The bus interchange will also be improved.
Additional level crossing removals are being considered and will form part of main construction works.
Once the current concept design phase is complete a main construction contract is expected to be awarded in mid-2021.
Six more level crossing are to go on the Armadale Line in Perth as part of the next major works package in the Metronet project.
The level crossings are at Mint, Oats, Hamilton, Wharf, and William streets and Welshpool Road. All the crossings will involve elevated rail except at Hamilton Street, where land has been reserved for a road over rail solution.
Up to 2.8 kilometres of elevated rail could be constructed, with roads and active travel links created under the rail line.
In addition to the level crossing removals, new stations will be built at Oats Street, Carlisle, and Beckenham and potentially Queens Park. Oats Street Station will replace the current Welshpool station, which will be closed.
WA Transport Minister Rita Saffioti said that removing the level crossings would benefit commuters and the wider community.
“Metronet is also about connecting the community – for the first time in a century this will remove parts of the rail barrier that have separated the communities of Carlisle, East Victoria Park and Cannington,” she said.
“Commuters can finally say bye, bye boom gates – we’ve all felt the pain sitting at a level crossing waiting for one, two, sometimes three trains to pass by.”
As design work is just beginning, Saffioti said that she hopes the community will get involved.
“This project will also mean new train stations at Carlisle and Oats Street and potentially Queens Park, giving the local community the opportunity to have their say on what they would like these new stations designs to look like.
“It will create opportunities for new and unique public space and developments around stations, connect our communities and allow us to wave goodbye to boom gates.”
$415 million of state funding has been committed to the Mint, Oats, and Welshpool level crossings while funding for the other three is subject to an agreement with the federal government.
WA Premier Mark McGowan said the project will deliver a changed community.
“This plan will transform the Armadale Line as we know it, setting it up for the next 100 years and creating more liveable and vibrant communities linked to METRONET.”
The current boom gates are closed 233 times a day for up to six hours per day.