Bayswater train station upgrade: Proposed changes to Whatley Crescent spark resident concerns

Bayswater train station picture: David Baylis.
Bayswater train station picture: David Baylis.

SOME residents are calling for more consultation from Metronet about what effect changes to Whatley Crescent, as part of the Bayswater train station upgrade, will have on traffic.

The station will become a major transport hub connecting with the Forrestfield-Airport Link and the proposed Morley-Ellenbrook line.

Residents in the northeast precinct of the town centre received a letter from Metronet on September 23 and attended a drop-in information session on October 4.

A proposal to lower the section of Whatley Crescent between the laneway next to a lunch bar and Hamilton Street, diverted to connect to Beechboro Road South was included in the letter, but no drawings were presented at the meeting.

The proposed lowering would split the road, resulting in a no-through route along Whatley Crescent after the Hamilton Street intersection. The intersection will be remodelled so the eastern portion of Whatley Crescent connects only into Hamilton Street.

Cars travelling towards the city from the eastern part of Whatley Crescent would need to use Olfe Street to connect to King William Street, or enter and exit the precinct via Guildford Road.

Bayswater resident Marco Vojkovic, who lives on Slade Street, said he was disappointed with the meeting as no designs of the proposed new road under the railway bridge were presented.

A Bayswater resident who wanted to remain anonymous said the community was waiting on more consultation about the proposed road arrangements.

A Metronet spokeswoman said the intention of the October 4 session was to receive feedback on one of the upgrade options from affected residents and the comments were being assessed.

“This engagement will continue as we aim to accommodate as much community feedback as possible, within the cost, space and technical parameters of this challenging project,” she said.

“The Metronet team has considered a number of designs for the upgrade to meet as many of the various priorities that stakeholders and the community specifically identified for the station and future development of the town centre.

“However, a final decision on a concept is yet to be made.”

She said the project involved the “most extensive” community engagement process ever undertaken for a train station redevelopment in Perth.

“We started the engagement process in March…since then we have received 972 completed surveys, 300 residents have attended two drop in sessions and there have been three meetings with the Bayswater Community Advisory Group,” she said.

Construction is expected to start in 2019.