Bayswater train station upgrades set to begin in 2019


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

TRANSPORT users can now provide feedback on early concept plans for the upgrade of Bayswater station, with construction expected to start in 2019 and be completed by 2020.

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.

Early concept plans include the station being moved on to a new lifted rail bridge over King William Street, which will replace the existing rail bridge that has been hit by trucks three times in 2018 and 26 times since 2006.

The plans also include new platforms realigned closer to Whatley Crescent and expanded to 150m to accommodate six-car trains, and public space.

Tunnelling and sinking the station have been ruled out because of design constraints from the Forrestfield-Airport Link.

Transport Minister Rita Saffioti said the upgrade was a “huge step” for Bayswater.

“We have some serious work happening to plan for the rest of the Morley-Ellenbrook line, with engineering and geotechnical investigations underway for proposed routes,” she said.

“The Metronet team will work with the community to get their feedback on a range of proposals for the upgraded station, including improved pedestrian access and safety, bus and rail interchange facilities, and better lighting and more seating.”

Maylands MLA Lisa Baker encouraged people to get involved.

“We now know what the bones, the skeleton, of the new Bayswater station will look like,” she said.

“However, it’s the design and the architecture that’s the most exciting opportunity.”

Bayswater Mayor Dan Bull said the State Government’s plans enabled the City to finalise its structure plan, which had been the “missing piece of the puzzle”.

“The City is delighted the State Government has now provided detail around its plan for the Bayswater train station,” he said.

“I strongly encourage community members to attend the consultation sessions and have their say on the design of the Bayswater train station and how it integrates into the town centre.”

The Metronet team will hold two drop-in sessions at Bayswater Primary School on April 21 and May 5 from 10am to 2pm.

To register, visit www.eventbrite.com.au/e/bayswater-projects-drop-in-session-tickets-44783687214.

Complete the survey at www.surveymonkey.com/r/MetronetBayswater.

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