IT was short term pain for long term gain for residents in Perth’s south with recent road and rail disruptions allowing the Aubin Grove train station to remain on track to open early next year.
The Public Transport Authority shut down the Mandurah Rail line between Cockburn and Rockingham while Main Roads introduced detours on the Kwinana Freeway near Russell Road over three weekends in June.
PTA spokesman David Hynes said the disruptions, between Saturday nights and Monday mornings, allowed cranes on to the freeway to lift station modules into place and for work to widen Russell Road bridge to start.
“Until now, the majority of work has been carried out in the rail reserve, without affecting the freeway,” he said.
“The modular layout has enabled the PTA to significantly reduce the impact of works on the rail line and freeway.”
With the bones of the $120 million train station package installed, Mr Hynes said the internal fit-out could begin.
“While it appears that most of the work is done, what can be seen is essentially the shell of the station with much work still left to do including installing services and all elements of the interior,” he said.
“Most of the earthworks, drainage and underground service works for the car parks have been completed.
“Pavement construction is now underway and will be followed by above-ground infrastructure including installation of lighting, CCTV, paving and landscaping.”
A Main Roads spokeswoman said the bridge widening would be finished in line with the station.
Mr Hynes said there will be some small disruptions during the next phase of the project.
“The timeline for these planned disruptions is yet to be finalised,” he said.
Cockburn councillor Chamonix Ter-blanche said locals were excited by progress of the station, but were keen to see how local roads would be upgraded to handle an increase in demand.