• General Project

  • What will the upgrade include?

    The upgrade will see Claremont Station meet current Disability Discrimination Act (DDA) standards in regards to access, tactile paving, etc. It will also include two new turnback facilities, supporting track work, realigning the principle shared path (PSP) and removing the pedestrian level crossings to improve safety.

  • Why do the trains need to run so frequently?

    To meet the expected growing demand for public transport from the Forrestfield-Airport Link and along the Fremantle and Midland lines, train frequency must increase. It is expected that during peak times, a train every five minutes will be needed. To support this service increase a turning point is needed before Fremantle Station to maintain the network’s efficiency. 

  • Why do the pedestrian level crossings have to be removed?

    The platform extension does not allow the eastern pedestrian level crossing to remain. Once the project is complete there will be four railway lines west of the station, where the western pedestrian level crossing is currently positioned. This, together with five-minute peak services, will result in pedestrians having to wait the entire peak period before they can use the level crossings. This is likely to increase the number of pedestrians that illegally cross the tracks.

    In the interest of public safety, when upgrading infrastructure the PTA removes level crossings where possible. There have been numerous incidents at these particular level crossings where users have misused the crossings putting their own lives at risk.

  • Why does the design include an overpass and not an underpass?

    The PTA considered and evaluated numerous options of an underpass and an overpass at Claremont Station. An overpass was determined as the preferred option due to accessibility, security, constructability and cost.

  • What is a turnback?

    The turnbacks will allow trains travelling from the Forrestfield-Airport Link to turn around west of Claremont Station and travel back to Forrestfield. 

  • Will the new turnback generate noise?

    Following the design process noise modelling will be conducted to determine what, if any, measures are needed to mitigate additional noise levels.

  • Why has Claremont Station been chosen for these turnbacks?

    A number of alternative locations were considered. This area was selected because nearby development will increase the demand for a more frequent peak period service from Claremont Station, it has the space within the rail corridor and is located half way along the Fremantle Line, which is the ideal position for trains to maintain a higher frequency service for the inner stations.

  • What is being changed to make the station DDA compliant?

    Proposed station works will bring Claremont Station up to current DDA standards. While the station design is yet to start, to achieve compliance the upgrade will include wheelchair/gopher friendly design.

  • What will the station look like?

    The design has not yet started as the design contract is yet to be awarded. The station design will take into account the nearby heritage infrastructure and ensure any new buildings or upgrades complement the surrounding area. 

  • Will there still be access across the tracks if the level crossings are removed?

    Yes. Maintaining connections within the community, particularly from the nearby residential development to Claremont’s retail precinct is extremely important and will be considered in the design process.

  • Why do you need to change the principle shared path (PSP)?

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

  • What is being done to ensure a safe interface between passengers and cyclists?

    The PTA will be trialling new slowing techniques on the PSP outside Claremont Station to ensure to safety of both pedestrians and cyclists. These methods will be finalised along with the station access design when the contractor is appointed. 

  • 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.

  • Will any trees or plants be affected?

    Until the design is completed we do not know if any trees or plants will be impacted. However, we will work with the Town of Claremont to minimise any impact to existing plants. Landscaping will also be an important feature in the upgrade’s design.

  • When will the upgrade happen?

    A design contract will be released in mid-2018 with design expected to begin in late-2018. Work will begin in late-2019.

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