Bayswater: parts of Whatley Cres closed for Forrestfield-Airport Link works

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PARTS of Whatley Crescent will be closed for two months from today as part of construction works for the Forrestfield-Airport Link project.

The project is a Federal and State Government jointly funded $1.86 billion project that will involve an 8.5km, three-station railway connected to the Midland Line near Bayswater Station.

Bayswater council unanimously approved the Public Transport Authority principal contractor Salini Impregilo’s request for the temporary closure of Whatley Crescent next to 5A and 5B at last night’s committee meeting.

Councillors also supported Mayor Dan Bull’s amendment for more signage advising drivers of the closure before the King William Street intersection and before the Hamilton Street and Whatley Crescent intersection, in a bid to discourage drivers from using side streets off Whatley Crescent.

The closure will allow for the realignment of the Water Corporation Main Drain, as part of the realignment to the rail tracks affecting the main drain that travels underneath the rail tracks from Railway Parade to Whatley Crescent.

Cr Bull said there were plenty of works that were being undertaken in Bayswater as part of the project.

“Unfortunately, it has come to light that there needs to be a temporary road closure of Whatley Crescent which is far from ideal, most particularly for people who live on Hamilton Street , Slade Street, Cobden Street and Anzac Street,” he said.

“There is a high potential for those streets to become rat runs as a consequence of Whatley Crescent being closed for two months.

“I think some signage advising drivers at the earliest opportunity that the road is going to be closed and encouraging them to use King William Street is a prudent way to approach this.”

According to an officer’s report, the volume of traffic is 1200 vehicles per day.

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