The Caledonian Avenue Level Crossing in Maylands, Perth, will close permanently in the first half of 2022, providing welcome relief for motorists.
On a typical weekday the level crossing boom gates seesaw more than 150 times, which equates to almost four hours a day of waiting for trains to pass.
When the Forrestfield-Airport Link is operational, the increased train frequency on the Midland Line will mean longer times for the boom gates at the site to be down, increasing the potential for risk-taking behaviour, as well as increasing road thoroughfare jams around the crossing.
The following proposed road enhancements in the surrounding area are planned as part of the project:
- Removal of the level crossing and traffic lights at Caledonian Avenue
- Upgrade of the intersection and installation of traffic signals at Guildford Road and Seventh Avenue
- Upgrade of the intersection and pedestrian access at the Guildford Road and Eighth Avenue
- Upgrade and signalisation of the intersection at Whatley Crescent and Railway Parade
- The formalisation of two lanes of traffic in each direction on Whatley Crescent between Railway Parade and Garratt Road.
Proposed enhancements will be finalised in consultation with community and stakeholders and rolled out over the next three years by Main Roads WA.
Caledonian Avenue is the latest level crossing to be removed as part of the program, along with the Victoria Park-Canning Level Crossing Removal Project, and Denny Avenue Level Crossing, which closed earlier this year.