Claremont Station Project

Overview

A multi-million dollar project at Claremont Station will improve passenger experience at the station, increase service frequency and allow direct access to the Forrestfield-Airport Link.

Passengers travelling between Claremont and Perth CBD will greatly benefit when the Forrestfield-Airport Link opens, with increased service frequency during peak times. 

To allow this to happen, new rail infrastructure called a turnback will be installed so Forrestfield-Airport Link trains can drop passengers off at Claremont Station and use the turnbacks to turn around and head back the way they came.

Following an analysis of potential options, the Public Transport Authority has identified Claremont Station as the preferred location for this infrastructure. Additionally, a broader upgrade of the station will be undertaken, including improved bus facilities and bringing the station up to current accessibility standards. 



Project Features

The Claremont Station project will include:  
  • Installing two turnback facilities west of Claremont Station
  • Refurbishing station facilities and upgrading the platform’s security building 
  • Improving station accessibility to meet the Disability and Discrimination Act
  • Expanding bus facilities
  • Removing the western pedestrian level crossing
  • Development of a pedestrian underpass west of the station to improve north-south connectivity for pedestrians and cyclists
  • Realigning existing rail infrastructure
  • Modifying the existing principal shared path (PSP)
The project is currently in development, with approximate project timing being:  
  • Late-2018: Design work commenced
  • March 2020: Work starts
  • Mid 2021: Rail infrastructure operational
  • Late 2021: Expected completion

Community

Keeping the community informed is a key project priority. Community members can stay up to date in a number of ways:

Community Advisory Group Meetings

A Community Advisory Group (CAG) has been formed to work with the Claremont Station Project through the design and construction phase. The CAG acts as a sounding board regarding the delivery and impacts of the project throughout the construction phase. CAG members bring feedback or collect community enquiries for discussion in the meetings.

The minutes of each meeting are below. 

Public Art

As part of the Claremont Station Project there is an opportunity to create public art in or around the station, incorporating themes inspired by the Claremont community. To help get you thinking some themes that have been suggested as part of a workshop with the Community Advisory Group are:
  • Evocative - a sense of place that tells you where you are
  • Recognisable and unique - ‘place markers’ that remind you of Claremont
  • Indigenous - Noongar – Whadjuk narratives (e.g. hunting at lake, fishing, creation story)
  • Claremont’s European heritage – World War I and World War II significance, train history, showgrounds
  • Environmental influences
  • Half-way point between Fremantle and City

Results of the survey can be downloaded here.

Major Impacts to Services

Upcoming Fremantle Line Disruptions

To build the new turnbacks at Claremont Station, eight weeks of intensive construction activity will take place for two months from 5 February until 5 April 2021.

This will see major service impacts to the Fremantle Line during this work, including:

  • No trains stopping at Claremont Station, with bus services only operating
  • Several Line closures, with train replacement buses operating. Specific details are found on the Transperth website.
  • Fremantle Line services between Showgrounds and Fremantle stations reduced to a 30-minute frequency with passengers required to change trains at Cottesloe Station (some passengers may also need to change at Showgrounds)

Detailed passenger service information will be available on the Transperth website from early-January. 

These new turnbacks are an important part of the Claremont Station Project. Once completed they will allow more trains to run between Claremont Station and the CBD during peak times and provide direct access to the new Airport Line from Claremont Station. Claremont Station is also being refurbished during this period.

Visit the Transperth website or download the Transperth app to sign up for My Alerts to stay informed on the upcoming disruptions.

We also encourage those living and working in the area to sign up for project updates to find out about the other impacts associated with these works.

Project Documents

  • General Project

  • Why are works occurring at Claremont station?

    To increase service frequency and allow direct access to the future Airport Line, new rail infrastructure called a turnback is being installed so Airport Line trains can drop passengers off at Claremont Station and use the turnbacks to turn around and head back the way they came.

  • What is a turnback?

    A turnback is a piece of rail infrastructure that allows trains to change tracks and turn back towards the direction they have come from. The turnback will support daily operations on the Forrestfield-Airport Link and Fremantle Line, as well as allowing services to continue operating if an incident or shutdown occurs on either of these lines.

  • Why was Claremont Station chosen for the turnbacks?

    The location of the new turnbacks balances both the physical space required in the rail corridor and finding a solution that will optimise future train operations. Claremont is perfectly located as a key centre point approximately half way between Perth and Fremantle, with the resulting service improvements expected to benefit the area’s ongoing growth, along with other key established and planned destinations.

    Claremont also provides several bus routes which was a requirement for an end-of-line station for the Airport Line.

  • Why does the western pedestrian level crossing have to be removed?

    This crossing is where the first turnback will be located. The turnback infrastructure moves trains from one track to another. It is unsafe to have pedestrians or cyclists crossing over moving rail infrastructure.

  • Will there still be access across the tracks if the western pedestrian level crossing is removed?

    Yes. The eastern pedestrian level crossing and the Heritage Bridge will remain so people can get across the tracks and to the station.

    The Public Transport Authority has a plan to extend all platforms on the Fremantle Line to cater for six car trains. Before this happens, the eastern pedestrian level crossing at Claremont Station will need to be removed to allow for the platform extension and an accessibility-compliant pedestrian overpass will be built.

  • Why do you need to change the Principal Shared Path (PSP)?

    The new station access will require additional space either side of the tracks. This is likely to result in both temporary and permanent relocation of some sections of the PSP.

  • Will heritage items be affected?

    Recognising the important history at Claremont Station, every effort will be made to preserve and protect heritage infrastructure as part of the upgrade.

  • The original design you released in May 2018 included a pedestrian overpass, why is it no longer part of the project scope?

    Since the original designs were released work has progressed in consultation with various stakeholders, including the Town of Claremont.

    Feedback indicated that the proposed overpass concept design was not the preferred location to support town centre connectivity. It has been postponed while work continues with the Town of Claremont to investigate options to maintain the north-south pedestrian connection that aligns with the town’s main street, Bay View Terrace.

  • Will any trees or plants be affected?

    Removing some trees is unavoidable. The project team will work with the Town of Claremont regarding the replacement of any removed trees. 

  • Will there be out-of-hours work?

    Yes. To minimise impact to rail operations, some out-of-hours work must occur. All out-of-hours work will follow a Noise Management Plan and affected residents will receive advance notification. 

    However, where practical or possible, work will be planned to take place during standard construction hours of 7am to 7pm Monday to Saturday. 

  • 2021 Major Works

  • What will occur during the eight-week major works period?

    The works that will occur between 5 February and 5 April 2021 will include:

    • Installing two turnbacks west of Claremont Station
    • Track alignment
    • Reconstructing and extending the station’s island platform to align with the new track and comply with the Disability and Discrimination Act
    • Permanently removing the western pedestrian crossing
    • Temporarily opening the new pedestrian underpass (with completion post-major works)
    • Relocating the eastern pedestrian crossing.

  • How long will the major works go on for?

    The major works are scheduled for an eight-week intensive period from 5 February and will finish on 5 April 2021. Works will take place 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Construction activities will then continue after this period during regular hours from 7am to 7pm, Monday to Saturday. Some out-of-hours works may occur on an as needs basis in accordance with appropriate approvals. The local community will be notified in advance of any out-of-hours works.

  • Will the works be noisy?

    Every effort will be made to minimise disturbance, however some noise is unavoidable. All works will comply with a Construction Noise Management Plan approved by the Town of Claremont, and a Construction Environmental Management Plan,

    Best practice measures will be implemented for all construction activities including compliance with Australian Standard 2436-2010 Guide to noise and vibration control on construction, demolition and maintenance sites. The equipment used will be the quietest reasonably available.

  • Will pedestrians be able to access Claremont Station?

    Claremont Station will be closed during the major works. However, the heritage bridge will remain accessible for pedestrians to cross over the train line and scheduled bus services will still run to and from the station.

    Furthermore, the eastern pedestrian crossing will be closed during the major works and relocated 25 metres east. This will be open from 6 April.

    The western pedestrian crossing will be permanently decommissioned on 5 February. To access to and from Gugeri Street to Claremont Crescent, pedestrians can use the new western pedestrian underpass, which will be open during the works.

  • Where can I find detailed passenger service information?

    Passengers should visit the Transperth website or Transperth app for more information. Go to the Journey Planner for details about train and bus timetables, and subscribe to My Alerts to receive notifications of upcoming disruptions.

  • Who can I contact during these works?

    For more information about Claremont Station Project, please call 9326 3666 during business hours, or email info@metronet.wa.gov.au. To register for project updates, visit https://www.metronet.wa.gov.au/register-for-updates.  

  • Will parking still be available at the station?

    Parking off Leura Avenue will be closed from 5 February to 6 April. Transperth’s underground multistorey parking at Claremont Oval off Davies Road will remain open.

  • How will noise impacts be mitigated?

    The PTA endeavour to mitigate noise through:

    • A Town of Claremont approved noise management plan
    • Where feasible and practical, temporary acoustic barriers will be installed to reduce noise impacts
    • Undertaking noisy works as early as possible each night shift;
    • Choosing equipment which will be the quietest reasonable at the time;
    • Use of broadband squawkers for reversing alarms; and
    • The workforce will be reminded to be considerate of you and to lower their voices and hold conversations away from residential premises.

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