COMMUNITY group Future Bayswater has formed an alternate design option for the Bayswater train station upgrade project.
In December, the State Government announced a concept plan, which marks the first stage of the Morley-Ellenbrook Metronet line and one of the final stages of the Forrestfield-Airport Link.
The station will be relocated onto a higher rail bridge over King William Street, replacing the existing rail bridge and increasing the clearance from 3.8m to 4.8m, have full disability access and more public space under the rail line.
A section of Whatley Crescent will be lowered between King William and Hamilton streets to create a second underpass connecting to Beechboro Road under the rail bridge.
The group have developed ‘option 3A’, which addressed their concerns over the size of Metronet’s proposed bus interchange, traffic, the disconnection of Whatley Crescent at Hamilton Street and possible removal of significant trees in Whatley Crescent.
Chairman Paul Shanahan said option 3A worked better for the community and placed their needs “above those for cars and buses”.
“It does this by placing the main traffic intersection between Whatley Crescent, Coode Street and King William Street underneath the bridge adjoining the station rather than the proposed public space,” he said.
“Metronet’s option surrounds the proposed community space with bus routes – essentially creating an island surrounded by buses.
“Option 3A removes this ‘island effect’ and moves this community space out from underneath the bridge and station into the open air.
“Option 3A, creates an open space to the south of the station which Future Bayswater believes creates better potential for integration between the town centre and the train station.”
Mr Shanahan said the group would continue to meet with Metronet and consult the community as the upgrade project progressed.
Design to be refined after community feedback: Metronet
A Metronet spokeswoman said the current design was a result of the “most extensive” community consultation ever in Perth for a station redevelopment.
The consultation included six drop-in sessions with more than 600 people, an online survey, three Community Advisory Group meetings and briefings with stakeholders, community groups and businesses.
“A key focus in developing this design has been to balance community needs and wants, meet operational needs and create an environment that supports future investment in the Bayswater area,” she said.
“The result of this work has been the overall positive feedback from the 151 people who attended a session on December 13, and the 133 people on January 19.
“While the design’s fundamental aspects are set, the community feedback provided at these sessions will be used to refine the design further with stakeholders like the City of Bayswater if required and practical.
“While cost and space constraints mean it is not always possible to accommodate every request, we believe the end result – the current design – will deliver a station that sets Bayswater up for future growth through development investment.
“The project is now progressing into the procurement phase to find a contractor by late 2019 to progress the design and build the station and its supporting infrastructure.”
She said Metronet and the Public Transport Authority would continue to work with the City to address points raised by the community.
View the group’s option at www.futurebayswater.com/option3a .
For information on the upgrade, visit www.metronet.wa.gov.au/projects/Bayswater .