Station move planned in Midland’s future vision

Midland station in 1968. Picture: railheritage.org.au
Midland station in 1968. Picture: railheritage.org.au

The Metropolitan Redevelopment Authority hopes to decommission the weary building within the next decade.

As outlined in MRA’s draft Midland master plan, the ambition is to move the station east to Bellevue between the Midland Public and Private Hospital and Cale Street.

Land north and east of the proposed new transit station has been identified for high density, mixed-use developments.

The long-term vision is to extend the Midland line to a park and ride station east of Roe Highway and also relocate freight rail line to outside of Midland’s centre.

MRA chief executive Kieren Kinsella said there was a recognition across government that a new transit facility is required and it was just a matter of when funds were available.

‘I would hope that we would be able to do it within 10 years,’ Mr Kinsella said.

‘We’re strong advocates for the new facility but recognise that we have to take into account the whole metropolitan area’s transport requirements and we will sit in line and wait.’

‘In the meantime, we will get on with developing the land around that future railway station and keep the land available so that we can move the train station when we need to.’

The proposal to move the Midland terminal about 500m to the east would place it in the same location of an old passenger station, of which remnants are still visible.

The MRA’s draft Midland master plan is open to comment until October 20.

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