Councillors supported applicant Element’s plan on September 3 to replace the bridge with a new combined rail bridge and elevated station platform, eastern and western station entrances, island platforms, bus and transfer facilities, a pedestrian plaza, removing the principal shared path and replacing a 4m wide pathway on the bridge.
Conditions include a landscape strategy, schedule of material finishes, architectural plan and five trees being planted for each tree that has to be removed.
Mayor Dan Bull’s amendments to include crime prevention principles in the place making plan, an upgrade of the bicycle underpass, alternate treatments to noise walls for nearby residents and public open space be retained were supported.
Cr Bull also wanted the traffic at intersections at Newton Street, Anzac Street and Slade Street, which all intersect Guildford Road, to be investigated given the change in the road alignment of Hamilton Street and Whatley Crescent.
“As we all know, it is a transformational project that has been undertaken with the Bayswater train station redevelopment,” he said.
“The decision-making is undertaken by a body that is not us, although we do get an opportunity to try to influence an outcome that will result in I believe a better environment for local residents.”
Cr Lorna Clarke said she was disappointed that the design looked more like a “space station” rather than having more heritage elements like Guildford and Maylands train station.
Cr Clarke said while there would not be a “tally for how many trucks hit the bridge”, she was concerned about more trucks coming through and the council should consider deterring heavy traffic.