THE State Government says it will upgrade Claremont train station for peak-hour trains to run every five minutes by 2021.
“This is an exciting project that will benefit passengers on the Midland and Fremantle train lines, including the students attending the new Inner City College and the future developments around the Subiaco Oval site,” Transport Minister Rita Saffioti said this morning.
Last week, Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull promised $3.2 billion for WA infrastructure, as part of $5.4 billion worth of projects, including the Government’s planned Metronet public transport program across Perth.
However, Ms Saffioti said the work at Claremont was already funded as part of the underground Forrestfield-Perth Airport Link in the 2016-17 State Budget.
In a tender released today, the station would get two new turnbacks for trains, a longer platform for six-carriage trains, its tracks realigned and greater access for the disabled.
Ms Saffioti said the improvements would provide space for the trains to turn around at Claremont, and therefore outside the CBD, without the services having to terminus at Fremantle or Midland.
After the upgrade, Claremont passengers will have a route, through the Forrestfield-Airport Link, to the station at Perth airport and its flights.
“This is another recognition that Claremont is becoming a growing centre, with several developments close to public transport springing up right around the station precinct,” Ms Saffioti said.
Claremont Mayor Jock Barker said the upgrade would be “good news” for commuters and shops as it was likely to bring more people to catch trains, and it showed the Government was confident in his Town’s “appropriately considered” increased density around transport-orientated development.
Mr Barker said the direct link to the airport could be used to highlight the town and a potential boutique hotel to accommodate tourists and visitors in its CDB.
“We may well promote ourselves as ‘Your direct link to Europe’,” he said.
The work at Claremont station is expected to be completed by late 2020.