More shelter, seats and toilets top the wishlist for Bayswater Train Station upgrade

More shelter, seats and toilets top the wishlist for Bayswater Train Station upgrade

MORE shelter, seats and toilets at Bayswater rail station top a wish list of upgrade priorities that will be sent to State Transport Minister Dean Nalder.

Following a meeting with the community group Baysie Rollers earlier this year, Mr Nalder confirmed the station would not be put underground as part of the Forrestfield Airport Link project, but said smaller infrastructure works could be carried out with funds left over from the $2 billion project.

City of Bayswater approved the priority list at a meeting this week, after 233 participants took part in an online survey.

The ten-point list included new platform buildings that provided more shelter, seats and toilets, improved pedestrian crossings, integrated bus and rail interchange and better lighting on the platform and in the carpark.

Also identified on the list was better landscaping and tree planting, more car parking, increased vehicle clearance under bridge, more secure storage for bicycles and a dedicated taxi rank and taxi call facility.

A preference to put the station underground was also included.

Councillors Catherine Ehrhardt and Dan Bull raised concerns about the extent of community consultation.

Cr Bull said the list was “second guessing outcomes of the (Bayswater town) structure plan process”, a document currently being drafted to guide future development in the town centre.

He said council should be careful how they drafted the letter so they did not “inadvertently shut gates on future development options”.

However, Cr Chris Cornish said while he would have preferred to wait for the creation of a structure plan, council had decided last month to create the list and were now committed to its submission.

Cr Brent Fleeton said submitting the list was a “matter of urgency”.

Other ideas that emerged during consultation included improvement or continuation of the main shared path, improvement of the general appearance of the station and improved shops and food options at the station.

The priorities will inform the preparation of the Bayswater town centre structure plan.