972 people submit feedback on Bayswater Train Station upgrade

An artist impression of the Bayswater station upgrade.
An artist impression of the Bayswater station upgrade.

THREE community groups and Bayswater Mayor Dan Bull have commended the State Government’s survey on the design of the “iconic” Bayswater Train Station upgrade.

The upgrade to the 1896-built station marks the first stage of the Morley-Ellenbrook rail link, which has a current allocation of $86.4 million from the previous State Budget.

The Metronet team released results of the survey, which gathered feedback from 972 people about what they would like to see be considered in the designs.

Feedback would be provided to the design team and the Community Advisory Group.

A Metronet spokeswoman said key issues included integration with cycling facilities, improved bus services and the design should reference the local history of the area.

“About 40 per cent of respondents expressed a desired to relocate the roses to a park, but no decision has been made,” she said.

“Any decision will be made in consultation with the Community Advisory Group.

“Concept station designs will be available in the coming months, before procurement begins for the construction contract in late 2018.”

Bayswater Historical Society president Lynn Dearing said there was an opportunity to create an “iconic station” which restored “civic pride” and included heritage characteristics.

“This survey expects a building complementing our township’s pioneer buildings and reflecting our cultural history,” she said.

Future Bayswater chair Paul Shanahan said the group was delighted the survey supported the connectivity from the “police station to the pub”.

“The most important connectivity though is how the station, pedestrian flow and cycle paths integrate into the town centre itself,” he said.

“The idea of a public space underneath the station, a piazza is a fantastic idea that has taken hold in the community and we are happy that this may come to fruition because of the survey results.”

Bayswater Deserves Better chair Keith Clements said the group hoped the station would be designed around people and not cars, with a reflection of heritage.

Cr Bull said the City was looking forward to working with the State Government and the community as the design of the station progressed.

“It makes sense that the Bayswater Train Station be designed in a way that complements the local area as outlined in the Bayswater Town Centre Structure Plan,” he said.