The request for proposals process has begun for the removal of three level crossings on the Inner Armadale Line in Perth.
Contractors are being sought for a $415 million combined package of works that involves the removal of crossings at Oats Street, Mint Street, and Welshpool Road and the construction of an elevated rail line.
New stations at Oats Street and Carlisle will form part of the alliance contracts.
Part of the contract will involve the creation of well-designed public spaces beneath the raised section of the Inner Armadale line.
Federal Minister for Population, Cities and Urban Infrastructure Alan Tudge said the projects were key for the economy and local communities.
“We are prioritising projects in Perth that will bust congestion but that are also going to drive the WA economy and deliver local jobs,” he said.
“These level crossings removals will do both.”
WA Transport Minister Rita Saffioti said by conducting an RFP for the project, which forms part of the Metronet package, the final outcome would be shaped by those delivering the works.
“Metronet is the largest public transport investment in Perth’s history and the RFP process gives contractors the opportunity to be involved in delivering these exciting projects,” she said.
Planning is continuing for the removal of another three level crossings at William, Wharf, and Hamilton streets on the same line.
A total of 2.8km of elevated rail line could be constructed through Perth’s inner south. Local member and WA Treasurer Ben Wyatt said the project would benefit the local community.
“Removing these level crossings help reduce frustrations for commuters in the area who can be stuck waiting for up to three trains to pass at a time,” he said.
“It is also a unique and extraordinary opportunity for the local community to have their say about the surrounding area and what they would like to see.”
Level crossing gates are down for up to six hours a day at Oats Street and removing the level crossings will also improve safety.
A contract is expected to be awarded in 2021.