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The Easter Bunny is delivering twice this year for motorists in and around Maylands with Caledonian Avenue Level Crossing closing permanently this Easter.
On Good Friday 15 April, the second in METRONET’s level crossing removal program will be closed and then decommissioned during a scheduled Midland Line closure.
Over the remainder of the Easter weekend, the traffic signals and line-marking on Railway Parade will be removed. The signals at the junction of Whatley Crescent and Caledonian Avenue will also be modified to cater for the remaining T-junction.
To support the level crossing closure and enhance safety and access to Maylands Town Centre for road users, cyclists and pedestrians, the State Government has set aside $15 million to fund a series of local road improvements.
These improvements are being planned in consultation with a dedicated Community Reference Group comprising residential and business representatives and the City of Bayswater to ensure they meet the needs of the diverse Maylands community, including:
• Protected bike lanes on Railway Parade between Meltham and Maylands stations;
• Signalised junction at Hotham Bridge (Railway Parade) and Whatley Crescent, with a new dedicated right turn enabling vehicles to head towards Maylands;
• New intersection treatment at Whatley Crescent and Caledonian Avenue;
• Signalised intersection at Guildford Road and Seventh Avenue;
• Improved pedestrian facilities at Guildford Road and Eighth Avenue;
• Speed restrictions and traffic calming in key town centre streets; and
• Revitalisation planning for the Maylands town centre (in partnership with the City of Bayswater).
Feasibility work undertaken by Main Roads has found constructing another underpass at the Caledonian crossing will cost approximately $26 million.
However, Main Roads is working with the Public Transport Authority to improve access at the Maylands Train Station underpass for cyclists and pedestrians.
The Public Transport Authority is also investigating future changes to the public transport network, to provide bus access to the Maylands Town Centre and train station for the medium to long term.