Midland underpass opens in time for hospital

The new underpass on Lloyd Street in Midland       d446646
The new underpass on Lloyd Street in Midland       d446646

THE Lloyd Street railway crossing that was once a nine-minute delay for Midland motorists is now a free-flowing dual-carriageway underpass.

Acting Prime Minister Warren Truss and WA Transport Minister Dean Nalder were in Midland last Tuesday to inspect the project before its opening in conjunction with the new hospital today.

The new underpass will ensure emergency service vehicles are not delayed by trains.

A road bridge has also been built to provide vehicle access to the hospital via Cowie Close.

Mr Nalder said the new underpass would relieve congestion and eliminate safety concerns associated with the now superseded level crossing.

“As well as the underpass, there are two new bridges to cater for the Public Transport Authority’s freight rail line and any potential future extension to the passenger rail line,” he said.

The underpass has been designed to support City of Swan’s planned extension of Lloyd Street to the Great Eastern Highway bypass.