Bayswater Station

New Bayswater Station

The new Bayswater Station project will become a key METRONET precinct with the Midland Line, Forrestfield-Airport Link and Morley-Ellenbrook Line connections, giving people the option to travel to the Airport, Swan Valley tourist region, the CBD and beyond.

While this complex project marks the first part of the Morley-Ellenbrook Line, it also looks to balance priorities identified during stakeholder and community consultation (from March 2018), such as improving connections across the railway, allowing for increased bus services to the station, improving cycling and pedestrian movements and creating a rail bridge and station that fits within and compliments the town centre.

After a robust procurement process Evolve Bayswater Alliance (Coleman Rail) were selected as the preferred proponent to design and construct the new Bayswater Station. 

The new Bayswater Station project will support more than 350 jobs. Any WA Government roles associated with the project are advertised on the WA Jobs Board. Project roles will be advertised through Coleman Rail.

 

Project Features

The new Bayswater Station project will include:

  • Constructing a new four-platform station - complete with passenger amenities and that is long enough to accommodate six-car trains - on a higher rail bridge over King William-Coode streets. This requires removing all passenger parking on Whatley Crescent
  • Additional rail infrastructure between Bayswater and Meltham stations
  • Whatley Crescent-Beechboro Road South connection under the railway and surrounding road works, such as reconfiguring the King William Street-Whatley Crescent intersection and reducing Whatley Crescent to two lanes (one in each direction) through the town centre
  • Hamilton Street public space that follows the area’s natural geography for pedestrian connections from a lowered Whatley Crescent to Hamilton Street 
  • Removing Coode Street-Railway Parade signalised intersection and reconfiguring the King William Street-Whatley Crescent intersection to introduce pedestrian priorities
  • Two station entrances to reduce passengers crossing roads and to provide alternative emergency exits 
  • Integrating bus services with the local road network without requiring buses to turn in residential streets or operate from a large bus interchange within the town centre
  • Upgrading the pedestrian underpass at Leake Street
  • Building an elevated Principal Shared Path along the Whatley Crescent side of the rail bridge
  • Additional parking at Meltham and Ashfield stations.

As the design progresses, work will continue to address community concerns such as traffic through the town centre, pedestrian connections and uses for the public space.

The City of Bayswater has developed a parking strategy for the broader town centre.

MEL Bayswater artist representation


Environment

Vegetation

The new Bayswater Station project aims to reduce impact to trees. However, removing some is unavoidable. Many trees are unable to be relocated because the species is unlikely to survive, the tree is of ill health or due to cost implications. The Public Transport Authority will work with the City of Bayswater to revegetate the area with more trees than are removed.

More information on the impact to surrounding trees will be provided once further design work has been completed.

Kurrajong Tree

Acknowledging the importance of the Kurrajong tree to the local community, the project team, in partnership with the City of Bayswater relocated the tree on January 9, 2020 to Bert Wright Park.  We are happy to report the Kurrajong tree is thriving in its new home.

For more information about the Kurrajong tree relocation watch our video below, and to read about how we prepared the tree over six months view the fact sheet.

To see a video of the preparation and moving day check out our gallery.

Community

METRONET’s ethos is to seek community feedback wherever possible.

Recognising the important role Bayswater Station has plays in the town centre, this is the most extensive community engagement ever undertaken for the redevelopment of a train station in Perth.

We thank the hundreds of community members who have taken the time to talk to us; there will continue to be opportunities to speak with the project team as part of ongoing activities to ensure a great outcome for the community.

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

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Construction: Community Advisory Group – 2019/2020

For the construction phase, a new Community Advisory Group (CAG) was formed to act as a sounding board regarding the look and feel of the new station and public spaces, as well as impacts throughout the construction phase.

The CAG members were selected from the applicants to ensure representation of a range of demographics, geographics, interests, opinions and experience. The Community Advisory group members are:

Damien Hassan - Resident, Michael Cornwall - Resident, Clare Chamberlain - Resident, Julie Osyka - Resident, Georgia Kennedy - Resident, Ben Dellar - Resident, Jarrad Oakley - Resident, David Lee - Baysie Rollers, Tessa Hopkins - Bayswater Deserves Better, Kevin Kidd - Future Bayswater, Lynn Deering - Bayswater Historical Society, Greg Da Rui - Bayswater Village Retailers Trade Association, Alex Bray - City of Bayswater. 

In July 2020, following the announcement of the Morley-Ellenbrook Line and Connection, two new members have been added to the CAG, Patrick Jordan and Jessica Ferguson.

The METRONET team will work with the CAG in the design development and construction phase of the project. Below are the minutes of the meetings to date.

Meeting 1 – April 29, 2019 – minutes
Meeting 2 – June 27, 2019 – minutes
Meeting 3 – August 13, 2019 - minutes
Meeting 4 – October 16, 2019 - minutes
Meeting 5 – November 20, 2019 - minutes
Meeting 6 - June 17, 2020 - minutes
Meeting 7 - July 1, 2020 - minutes
Meeting 8 - July 15, 2020 - minutes

 

 

Local businesses

Minimising construction impacts on business and residents is a high priority and will continue throughout the project.

The Small Business Development Corporation (SBDC) Small Business Friendly Projects program has a number of resources available to small businesses who may be impacted by construction works. The SBDC website contains downloadable guides and you can also connect with them through Facebook www.facebook.com/smallbusinesswa


Concept Design: Community Advisory Group – 2018 

Throughout the early design phase the team worked with a City of Bayswater Community Advisory Group to capture feedback on the design work as it progressed.

Below are the minutes of these meetings.

Meeting 1 – June 11, 2018 – minutes 
Meeting 2 – July 9, 2018 – minutes
Meeting 3 – September 25,  2018 – minutes
Meeting 4 – October 29,  2018 – minutes

Placemaking

Bayswater Station Public Space and Art Plan

 

Since April 2018 we’ve heard the community say the new Bayswater Station should:

 

  • Be a connector across the town, to new places and for visitors to Bayswater
  • Celebrate the area’s rich history
  • Create a station with modern facilities that is safe, functional and integrates with the area’s character
  • Prioritise people of all ages and abilities

While the station infrastructure itself was fixed due to technical, functional and safety reasons, there was an opportunity for the community to provide input on the new public spaces around the station, through the Public Realm and Art Plan.

In December 2019, 321 Bayswater community members told us how they would like to use the new Bayswater Station precinct. Here's a summary of the results.

 

This community feedback will be used to form a plan which will be implemented by the Evolve Bayswater Alliance to create the final precinct design.

 

 

METRONET East Redevelopment Area

DevelopmentWA, formerly the Metropolitan Redevelopment Authority (MRA) is extending its Midland Redevelopment Area to include Bayswater. This non-contiguous redevelopment area will become METRONET East and will complement and build on the significant State Government investment in this area.
 
Bayswater will benefit from the redevelopment authority model as it combines a number of functions within a single agency – from master planning, to development, sales, project marketing, place activation and development control.

A draft amendment to Midland Redevelopment Scheme 2 (the Amendment), to be renamed as the METRONET East Redevelopment Scheme (the Scheme), is currently out for public consultation until 15 September 2020.

The Amendment adds land surrounding the Bayswater and High Wycombe stations into the Scheme Area, outlines the vision and intent for these new project areas as well as preferred and contemplated land uses. 

For further information, or to ask any questions, please contact DevelopmentWA on 9482 7528.

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  • General Project

  • When will the works start?

    Construction of the new Bayswater Station project began in 2019 with geotechnical work, the relocation of underground services, and the construction of Ashfield and Meltham car parks ahead of the Alliance contract award.

  • Will Bayswater Station close during the work?

    With the exception of scheduled shutdowns on the Midland Line, Bayswater Station will continue to function for the duration of the construction period. Where a shutdown is required, advance notice will be provided to passengers and replacement bus services will be offered. We recommend passengers of Bayswater Station register for MyAlerts via the Transperth website

  • Will all the trains stop at Bayswater and go through to the City?

    At this early stage the timetables for the Morley Ellenbrook Line, Airport Line and Midland Line have not been finalised. It is however the intention for the majority of services to stop at Bayswater and then continue through to Perth. 

  • Will this increase traffic in the area?

    The design removes a congestion point under the railway bridge and removes traffic signals at Railway Parade and Coode Street to allow for pedestrian priority phasing at the remaining King William Street and Whatley Crescent traffic lights.

    The final phase of traffic modelling will be review by Evolve Bayswater and the outcomes will be shared with the community.

  • Once the road network is changed there will be additional traffic turning right out of Olfe, Slade and Anzac streets. Will traffic measures be implemented to aid this process?

    Evolve Bayswater is currently reviewing the traffic modelling to better understand the traffic movement around the station. Areas outside the project area are the responsibility of the City of Bayswater and Main Roads WA. METRONET will work with these agencies to determine the most suitable solution.

  • What will the grade separation between Whatley Crescent and Hamilton Street look like?

    As a part of the place activation strategy there are several options being considered to enhance the Whatley Crescent and Hamilton Street pedestrian connection. The Community Advisory Group has provided feedback to help finalise this design. 

  • Why can’t you underground the station?

    Undergrounding the station and rail line was investigated and is not viable for a number of reasons including:

    • Operational complexities of the diesel-powered regional passenger trains (such as the Indian Pacific and Prospector), which use this section of railway. These trains require much longer tunnels and complex ventilation and fire emergency systems.
    • Tunnels would impact on Meltham Station, requiring either closure or rebuilding the station underground;
    • Major disruption that would mean closing the entire Midland Line during the construction.

    Limited development opportunities above the tunnel to justify the significant additional costs.

  • Will it be difficult for pedestrians to cross Whatley Crescent with the additional vehicle traffic?

    Traffic calming measures and speed reductions around the station will help improve the pedestrian experience. The King William Street and Whatley Crescent traffic lights will be phased to prioritise pedestrians.

  • How much passenger parking will there be at the upgraded Bayswater Station?

    The existing 180 passenger car bays on Whatley Crescent must be permanently removed to make way for the new station platform and bridges. The passenger car park to the north on Railway Parade, will remain.

    To counteract this reduction in passenger parking, 183 parking bays have been built at Meltham and Ashfield stations.

    The new Meltham and Ashfield car parks will be operational in mid-2020 before the Bayswater car parks close.  

  • Will there be extra parking in the town centre for non-passengers?

    METRONET intends to maintain the same number of on-street parking bays. The overall responsibility for non-passenger parking rests with the City of Bayswater who have developed a Town Centre Parking Strategy. 

  • What will be done about passengers parking in residential streets?

    This is outside the project’s remit, however this has been considered in the City of Bayswater’s Town Centre Parking Strategy.

  • Will there be a kiss and ride?

    Yes. Although the location is still being determined.

  • What are the impacts during construction?

    While every effort will be made to reduce construction impacts, some effects may include road closures, path diversions, noise, vibration, dust, construction traffic and changes to pedestrian access to the station and across the railway. Prior to construction a detailed fact sheet will be released to explain how these impacts will be mitigated. To ensure you receive this information please register for project updates.

  • Will construction workers park in the town centre?

    Construction workers have been advised they cannot park in local shopper bays. We are seeking alternative parking arrangements and encouraging the use of public transport where possible.

  • Will additional buses connect to the upgraded Bayswater Station?

    The new road layout allows for new bus services to operate through the area, without using residential streets or a large bus interchange. Buses will work in a through-pattern to avoid circling the station where possible.

  • What will stop people using Railway Parade as a shortcut?

    Railway Parade will only allow buses travelling west and local traffic travelling east. The road will have various traffic calming measures that will make it an inconvenient shortcut.

  • What sort of activations might be under the station?

    In late-2019 METRONET asked for the community’s feedback on how they would like to use the area around the station. This feedback was used to inform a placemaking and public art plan which is currently being reviewed by Evolve Bayswater to create spaces that enhance the town centre.

  • Does the Bayswater Station project include noise barriers?

    Noise and vibration modelling has been conducted to identify the potential for impact and consider what mitigations may be necessary. The solution is likely to include noise walls in some locations but the heights are yet to be determined.

  • Will trees be removed?

    Some tree removal is unfortunately unavoidable. Evolve Bayswater are actively seeking recycling opportunities for the timber generated by the project.

  • Will there be landscaping?

    There are five separate public / place activation zones within the train station precinct. These zones all include landscaping elements. In addition to beautification benefits, garden beds and trees will be important to integrating the new station into the existing town centre. 

  • Why is the design of the station that was released in April 2020 uninspiring?

    The animation and renders that were released in April 2020 focused on the station’s structure and surrounding road layout. There were no architectural treatments or public elements included in these images because these were unknown at the time. Since April 2020, Evolve Bayswater has been working with the Community Advisory Group to design architectural treatments to improve the aesthetic appeal of the station.  

  • Are you listening to the community?

    Community consultation on the new Bayswater Station project started in 2018, with the community actively contributing to the evolution of the previous design, which formed the reference point for the design prepared by Evolve Bayswater. Since the appointment of Evolve Bayswater the design has continued to progress from concept to detailed design. The Community Advisory Group continues to be actively engaged in this process. 

  • How are you keeping the community informed?

    METRONET and Evolve Bayswater have dedicated teams of skilled engagement professionals who are tasked with coming up strategies to keep the community informed of the project. The methods currently used include Facebook, meetings with community groups, email broadcasts, letterbox drops, webpage, a project information line and dedicated project email. The Community Advisory Group also plays an important part in keeping the community informed and providing feedback to Evolve Bayswater and METRONET. 

  • Why isn’t there a wraparound shelter on the station platforms?

    Placing a wraparound shelter on the station significantly magnifies the visual impact and size of the station which are undesirable aesthetic outcomes. The proposed roof canopy on the platform meets the PTA’s standard for roof shelters and the inclusion of on-platform refuges ensure protection from wind and rain. 

  • Bayswater Connection

  • Why is a viaduct needed at Bayswater Connection?

    After investigating more than 100 options to connect Ellenbrook to the city by public transport, the team conducted a multi-criteria analysis which considered impacts to residents, businesses, the industrial area, the road network, the environment, passenger experience, the inflexibility of train movements, topography of the land, underground services, major drainage, and of course cost, to reach the current design. The design will see the Morley-Ellenbrook Line leave Bayswater Station, rise over the existing Midland Line tracks, Railway Parade and Clavering Road, before going into the Tonkin Highway median to continue its journey north to Ellenbrook.

    The elevated line will sit on a slim-line concrete viaduct for approximately 750m, with noise and vibration mitigation measures built into the structure.

  • What will the viaduct look like?

    The elevated line will sit on a slim-line concrete viaduct for approximately 750m between Tonkin Highway and Bayswater Station. Central concrete piers will support the viaduct and will be spaced approximately 35m apart. Noise and vibration mitigation measures will form part of the structure and the design will complement the rail bridges at the new Bayswater Station. The viaduct final design, including the height and location of bridge pillars, will be developed by the main project alliance, to be awarded in late-2020.

  • Why couldn’t the connection be built underground?

    An underground connection was considered during the planning and project definition process, however, as Tonkin Highway is higher than the existing Midland Line, the Morley-Ellenbrook Line connection from Bayswater needs to rise to meet the level of the highway. The Midland Line also sits on land with a high-water table, making an underground connection very challenging in this area.

  • Why couldn’t the line be built alongside the Midland Line in Bayswater?

    To ensure Morley-Ellenbrook Line trains can continue seamlessly to the CBD, the new line must connect to the existing Midland Line tracks by crossing over the line coming from the CBD. To do this safely, the trains travelling towards each other must not cross at ground level, so a raised crossing is provided so that one train can cross above the other.

  • Will there be noise mitigation?

    The new rail infrastructure will comply with State Planning Policy 5.4 to ensure noise levels are at an acceptable level.

  • Will passengers in the train be able to look into my yard?

    Screening will be in place to ensure passengers cannot see into fenced properties.

  • How high will the rail be?

    The rail height will vary along the alignment and exact design details will be confirmed when the main project alliance contractor is on board later in the year.

  • Will trees be removed?

    While the majority of this connection will be built within the rail reserve, which is already cleared, some tree removal is unavoidable. Many trees are unable to be relocated because the species is unlikely to survive, the tree is of ill health, or because of cost implications. We will work with City of Bayswater to replant within the council area. We will have a better idea of impacts once a contractor is on board and further design work has been completed.

  • Will there be landscaping?

    There is little opportunity to landscape along the rail corridor. However, any landscaping design will be developed by the main project alliance, to be awarded in late-2020.

  • What happens next?

    The final design, including the location of bridge pillars, will be developed by the main project contractor alliance.

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