State Govt unveils designs for Kelmscott’s Denny Ave level crossing

Artist impression of the new Denny Ave level crossing design.
Artist impression of the new Denny Ave level crossing design.

DESIGNS for the removal of Kelmscott’s Denny Avenue level crossing have finally been unveiled.

Premier Mark McGowan and Transport Minister Rita Saffioti were at the dangerous Kelmscott location on Thursday morning to unveil the design for Metronet’s first level crossing removal project.

They announced a new underpass and elevated rail line would be constructed at Davis Road to allow the Denny Avenue level crossing to be removed.

A shared path will also be built alongside the railway to make it safer for pedestrians and cyclists.

There was $69 million set aside for the project in the 2018-19 State Budget, with work expected to begin next year.

Denny Avenue has often been ranked among the most dangerous roads in the state, with more than 100 crashes recorded on the short road in just five years.

Mr McGowan said the Davis Road option was the best solution for train and road operators, as well as the wider public.

“Denny Avenue is one of the most dangerous level crossings on our rail network and it drives locals mad,” he said.

“It’s been talked about for years, and now we’ve got on with the job of providing the solution and the funding to finally fix this problem and eliminate the risk of accidents between trains and cars.”

Armadale MLA Tony Buti said many in the community would welcome the news.

“I am delighted that the Premier and the Minister for Transport have revealed a separated railway crossing at Davis Road as the solution to the Denny Avenue railway crossing problem,” he said.

“It is what many in the community and I have been calling for.”

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