Bye bye boom gates! - METRONET


Bye bye boom gates!

  • 21 November 2023

In the early hours of Monday 20 November, the first boom gates were dismantled, marking a significant milestone in fulfilling the commitment to transform the Armadale Line. 

The shutdown enables major works for three METRONET projects: Victoria Park-Canning Level Crossing Removal, Byford Rail Extension and Thornlie-Cockburn Link.

Over the coming weeks, essential works will include the decommissioning and removal of boom gates, dismantling rail tracks and other rail infrastructure, and the partial or complete demolition of existing stations set to undergo reconstruction.

Upon completion, the projects will have successfully removed a total of 13 level crossings, introduced seven new stations, and extended the line to Byford, marking a significant expansion of Perth's rail network. 

The Thornlie-Cockburn Link, a crucial component of this development, will also be delivered during the shutdown, introducing Nicholson Road Station and Ranford Road Station.

These projects will deliver significant benefits to the local community for years to come:

  • The projects will create around six-hectares of public open space that will be turned into new public amenities
  • the removal of level crossings will reduce traffic congestion and improve travel safety for the local community
  • this revitalisation is expected to give local businesses a boost and spark community opportunities for growth
  • this transformation creates three new stations at Byford, Nicholson Road and Ranford Road, better connecting these communities.

Passengers are encouraged to plan ahead as travel times will increase during the shutdown.

Main Roads has created Traffic ALT, an app to support drivers travelling through Armadale, Cannington, Victoria Park and nearby suburbs during this period.

During construction, electricity will continue to run in the rail corridor, entering restricted areas without authorisation is both highly dangerous and illegal.

More information via Transperth including train replacement buses, timetables and free travel entitlement

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