Tenders called for Bayswater train station upgrade

Federal Labor candidate for Pearce Kim Travers and Transport Minister Rita Saffioti. Picture: Kristie Lim
Federal Labor candidate for Pearce Kim Travers and Transport Minister Rita Saffioti. Picture: Kristie Lim

THE State Government is seeking contractors for the redevelopment of Bayswater train station.

The upgrade will form a rail junction of the Morley-Ellenbrook Metronet line, Forrestfield-Airport Link and the existing Midland line.

A request for proposal (RFP) for the project was released to the market on April 11.

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The successful contractor will be required to design and construct the station and the bridge over the King William-Coode street underpass while the Midland line remains open.

Other works include track, signalling, civil, drainage and overhead line works along with building retaining walls, delivering low-voltage, communications and control systems and public spaces.

The contractor will need to help with the work on Metronet.

Applications close in May, with the contract award and construction set to start by the end of the year.

A concept design impression of the Bayswater train station.

Transport Minister Rita Saffioti told the Reporter the Federal Labor’s $850 million election commitment would help get the project on track.

“This is the biggest individual commitment to a rail station across the network,” she said.

“It will be significant construction but what we have already seen through the Metronet forums is really strong engagement from the Bayswater community.

“We have got to make sure that the infrastructure and the planning for the area is very coordinated.”

Transport Minister Rita Saffioti and Federal Labor candidate for Pearce Kim Travers. Picture: Kristie Lim

In response to parking concerns, Ms Saffioti said the Government would negotiate areas for parking with the successful contractor.

“That is something that always continuously evolves throughout the project and we will make sure we focus on having accessibility during the time of construction,” she said.

Federal Labor candidate for Pearce Kim Travers said the people of Ellenbrook had waited “far too long” for a rail line.

She said residents could catch the train to work, university, medical appointments and watch the football on weekends.

Maylands MLA Lisa Baker hoped the successful contractor would work closely with stakeholders and work hard to minimise the short-term impact on the community.