Path plan to connect two sides of Bayswater train station

Bayswater train station.
Bayswater train station.

A PATH is set to connect the two separate sides of Bayswater train station after Bayswater Council recommended approval of a principle shared path.

Council recommended WA Planning Commission approval of the Public Transport Authority’s (PTA) plan to connect the two existing paths which currently end either side of the station.

A proposed ramp to exit the path over part of the car park would result in a loss of three car bays – council recommended the PTA replace these.

Councillor Dan Bull said the works were a “long, long time coming for residents living around the station.”

He said he strongly encouraged the PTA to submit an “awesome” landscaping plan.

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As part of the application, PTA also sought retrospective amendments to the car-park layout.

Earlier last year, former Transport Minister Dean Nalder confirmed the station would not be sunk as part of the Forrestfield Airport Link project following campaigning by the City of Bayswater and community groups such as the Baysie Rollers to put the station underground.

He said smaller infrastructure works could be done with funds left over from the $2 billion project.

In June, council created a wish list of upgrades that included 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 car park.

Also on the list was better landscaping and tree planting, more car parking, increased vehicle clearance under bridge and more.