Level Crossing Removal
  • General Project

  • What is the Inner Armadale Line Level Crossing Removals Project?

    The METRONET Inner Armadale Level Crossing Removals Project is part of the METRONET Level Crossing Removals Program. This project will remove up to six vehicle level crossings on the Inner Armadale Line, in addition to the Denny Avenue level crossing removal project.

  • Which level crossings are we talking about?

    The six level crossings planning to be removed are Mint Street, Oats Street, Welshpool Road, Hamilton Street, Wharf Street and William Street.

  • Why do we need to remove level crossings?

    There has been a policy in place for more than a decade not to increase the net number of crossings on the Transperth network. Removing level crossings has significant community benefits, from making it safer for people and vehicles to travel in the area to revitalising local communities with improved land use planning and reducing traffic congestion.

  • What is the preferred solution for each of these level crossing removals?

     

    Following extensive early planning, elevating the rail line is the current preferred solution for Mint Street, Oats Street, Welshpool Road and William Street, and potentially for Wharf Street, which would otherwise close. A road over rail solution is preferred for Hamilton Street as land on either side of the rail line has been reserved. Two options for removing the Wharf Street level crossing were initially put forward, elevating the rail or closing the crossing.

    Based on initial stakeholder feedback on the Wharf Street options, an additional option is now being considered which would also see elevated rail at both Hamilton Street and Wharf Street, including rebuilding Queens Park Station. The option to close the Wharf Street level crossing is not preferred.

  • Why was elevated rail chosen as the preferred solution for most of these level crossing removals?

    Options for grade separation of these crossings are limited due to constraints brought about by the well-established and built-up areas around them, as well as limited land availability outside the rail corridor.

    An elevated rail solution is the preferred option as it:

    • Completely removes sections of rail from the ground level to significantly improve pedestrian, cyclist and motorist connections seamlessly and safely across the rail corridor
    • Creates opportunities for new public spaces that can be used for a variety of civic purposes
    • Brings stations in line with modern public transport facilities that better meet passenger needs and cater for future growth
    • Allows a number of level crossings to be removed as one cost-effective package.

  • What does elevated rail involve?

    Elevated rail completely removes sections of ground-level rail, providing more opportunities for pedestrians, cyclists and motorists to safely cross the rail corridor, and creating new public spaces for a variety of uses.

  • Why is lowering the rail not a preferred solution?

    Lowering the rail would mean it would sit in a trench with limited ‘capped’ covers to allow connections, and significant fencing along the open areas of the line. This would maintain the rail as a physical and visual barrier that could divide and disrupt the local community during construction and operation.

    Covering significant parts of a lowered rail considerably increases construction costs, particularly if it is to allow even limited development of one to two storeys above. It increases long-term operational costs as there are a range of additional of safety systems that must be in place. Based on this, lowering the rail does not provide the best value for money.

  • What will happen to the stations near these level crossings?

    Elevating the rail will result in Carlisle, Oats Street, Beckenham and potentially Queens Park stations being rebuilt. These stations are expected to be relocated slightly to accommodate the preferred elevated rail solution, providing an opportunity to rebuild and modernise these facilities. However, significant elements of this project – including final station locations – are yet to be confirmed.

  • Why isn’t Cannington Station being upgraded?

    As there is no level crossing near Cannington Station, it does not fall within the scope of this project. However, the Public Transport Authority is investigating a long-term strategy to give the Armadale, Midland and Fremantle lines capacity to cater for longer trains in the future, which will include Cannington Station.

  • Why does Welshpool Station need to close?

    Due to its low patronage and the need to return the rail to the ground level under the Leach Highway bridge, Welshpool Station will close. Rebuilding Oats Street Station provides an opportunity to better service the Welshpool area as well.

    Removing the heavily congested Welshpool Road level crossing with an elevated rail solution will greatly improve safety and ease movements in the area.

    The exact closure date has not yet been confirmed, however it will not be closed until construction begins.

    This closure will be considered as part of the wider project as competing requirements for the community and passengers are balanced. Among these considerations are increased parking at neighbouring stations and Oats Street Station being rebuilt with more passenger facilities and potentially moving slightly closer to Welshpool to help service this area.

    The bus network will be reviewed about 12-18 months before the project is complete.

  • Queens Park and Beckenham stations were recently upgraded. Why is more work needed?

    The recent upgrades to Queens Park and Beckenham stations brought the older infrastructure in line with current Disability Discrimination Act (DDA) standards. The scope did not extend to addressing level crossing removals.

  • What happens next?

    Work will now begin on developing concept designs, including confirming any changes to station locations.

  • Will elevated rail increase noise and vibration experienced in the community?

    Elevating the rail presents an opportunity to address noise and vibration, as mitigation measures can be built into the structures themselves. The final design and layout must consider State Planning Policy 5.4, which sets targets and limits for noise. Additionally, warning bells and train horns that are essential safety precautions at existing level crossings can be disruptive for nearby residents and will no longer be required with an elevated solution.

  • How could new space created under elevated rail be used?

    Elevating the railway can create considerable amenity for use by the community, such as creating public spaces that can be used for a variety of civic purposes as highlighted by Melbourne’s recent level crossing removal projects.

    There will also be opportunities to contribute to Perth's Public Art scene via METRONET’s Public Art Strategy.

  • What are the construction timeframes for the delivery of the Oats Street, Mint Street and Welshpool Road level crossing removals?

    The project is in its early design phase. The 2019/20 State Budget includes funding to build the level crossing removal solution at Oats Street, Mint Street, and Welshpool Road.

  • What are the construction timeframes for the delivery of the Hamilton, Wharf and William streets level crossing removals?

    The project is in its early design phase. The scoping and concept design phase will identify the project cost and submit to Government for investment decision.

  • What are the requirements for protecting the Heritage of the area?

    Aboriginal and European heritage surveys are being undertaken to determine any impacts that will be required to be addressed.

    As a signatory to a Noongar Standard Heritage Agreement, and in compliance with the Aboriginal Heritage Act, we will follow relevant processes to ensure Aboriginal heritage is identified and protected during project planning, and management controls are documented and implemented during construction.

  • How can I have my say on the level crossing removals project?

    Significant elements of this project are yet to be confirmed, such as station location, additional connections, potential uses for the spaces under the rail and overall project design, including landscaping, public art and facilities such as bike racks.

    Complete a quick survey to tell us what is most important to you, or apply to be part of a Community Reference Group.

  • How will anti-social behaviour be addressed?

    Anti-social behaviour and visual amenity are important considerations for the project.

    Crime prevention and creating inviting and safe places for people to use will be an important consideration as the project progresses.

  • Where can I find more information?
  • What is the preferred option for Wharf Street?

    Elevated rail is the preferred solution for removing the Wharf Street level crossing, including rebuilding Queens Park Station.

    In June, two options were presented for the removal of the Wharf Street level crossing, elevating the rail (option 1) and closing the crossing (option 2). In both, a road over rail solution was identified for removing the Hamilton Street level crossing.

    Following initial stakeholder feedback, including positive engagement with the City of Canning, closure is not preferred for Wharf Street and a third option is now being considered. Option 3 includes elevated rail at both Wharf Street and Hamilton Street, including rebuilding Queens Park Station.

  • How will security be addressed?

    The structure’s height and design will be key, with a focus onlighting, civic treatments, vegetation and landscaping, sightlines, etc. Security in design principles will inform our work and lessons from Victoria will be carefully reviewed.

  • How will you manage impacts to traffic during construction?

    While some traffic impacts are unavoidable during construction, the contractor will be tasked with minimising these as much as possible. What and when these impacts are will be determined after the contract is awarded in mid-2021.

  • What considerations will be given to disability access?

    The project is being progressed with all passengers and abilities in mind. We have an Access and Inclusion Reference Group that regularly meets to shape our projects and we design and build all stations to modern standards and Disability Discrimination Act requirements.

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