Bayswater Station

New Bayswater Station


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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 choice of travelling 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.


Project Features

The New Bayswater Station project will include:

  • Constructing a new four-platform station, with passenger amenities and long enough to accommodate six-car trains, on a higher rail bridge over King William-Coode streets. This requires removing all passenger parking along Whatley Crescent
  • Building an elevated Principal Shared Path along the Whatley Crescent side of the rail bridge
  • Additional rail infrastructure between Bayswater and Meltham stations
  • Upgrading the pedestrian underpass at Leake Street
  • 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 lowered a 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 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
  • 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 is developing a parking strategy for the broader town centre.


MEL Bayswater artist representation


Environment

Vegetation

The Bayswater Station Upgrade will aim 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 cost implications. The PTA will work with City of Bayswater to revegetate the area with more trees than are removed.

More information on the impacts to the surrounding trees will be provided once a contractor is on board and further design work has been complete.

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. 
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

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 robust outcome for the community.

Construction: Community Advisory Group – 2019
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 Community Advisory Group members were selected from the applicants to ensure representation of a range of demographics, geographics, interests, opinions and experience. The Community Advisry 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, Riaan Stassen - City of Bayswater
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



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 successful Alliance contractor 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 complements and builds 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.
 
DevelopmentWA will prepare a project vision to inform the intended outcomes in these areas and establish a new a planning framework to guide future development and determine development applications.

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  • General Project

  • Will this increase traffic in the area?

    Traffic modelling has shown that this concept design does not increase traffic in the area, though it does redirect traffic to make it easier to move around on foot and get to the area by bus.

    This design reduces a congestion point under the railway bridge and removes a traffic signal to allow for pedestrian priority phasing at the remaining traffic lights. It also allows for bus services to be rerouted and service the area, without using residential streets or a bus station.

    To address concerns of traffic moving through the area, street designs that calm traffic (such as single lanes, landscaping and different road treatments) and prioritise pedestrians will be applied in the next phase of design.

    This will highlight that Whatley Crescent is a local road, and not the connector road it is currently being used for. Vehicles will be encouraged to use roads such as Guildford Road, Collier Road and Tonkin Highway, which are designed for this through-traffic use.

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

    Many creative ideas are being considered to enhance the Whatley Crescent and Hamilton Street connection for pedestrians. These will be developed and progressed during the next phase of 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. In particular 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; and
    • 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?

    The King William-Whatley Crescent crossing will be widened and the traffic light phasing will prioritise pedestrians. The pedestrian first principles, which have proven successful in various other places such as Scarborough Beach Road in Mount Hawthorn, will be applied at the next phase of design.

  • Why is there only one lane of traffic proposed along Whatley Crescent?

    Extensive traffic modelling is taking place to determine the best solution. The project team will work with the City of Bayswater on this.

  • What will be done to cater for the additional traffic now turning right out of Olfe, Slade and Anzac streets?

    Early traffic studies have been conducted in these areas and will continue in the next phase of the project. METRONET will work with the City of Bayswater to determine the most suitable solution.

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

    As outlined when the project was announced, all passenger parking along Whatley Crescent must be removed to accommodate the relocated railway. Parking at the remaining car park will increase. Other options being reviewed include increasing parking bays at nearby stations and starting an all-stop pattern to make these attractive options for passengers.

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

    This is the responsibility of the City of Bayswater who is starting a town centre parking strategy to address this concern.

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

    This is outside the remit of METRONET and will likely be considered in the City of Bayswater’s town centre parking strategy.

  • Will there be a kiss and ride?

    Drop-off areas for the station can be accommodated on Railway Parade and Whatley Crescent.

  • What are the impacts during construction?

    This concept design means once the passenger parking along Whatley Crescent is removed, the construction site is largely contained with minimal impact to nearby roads and pedestrians. The bridge will be built first, and once the new station is operational, the old station will be demolished. The new road connection will be the final stage of the project.

  • 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 circulating 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?

    The METRONET Office is undertaking a concept placemaking plan to identify what opportunities are feasible in and around the station, without taking away from the Bayswater town centre.

  • Will the project be building noise barriers?

    Noise and vibration modelling and monitoring will be conducted to identify possible impacts and the mitigation required.

  • What will happen to the roses, trees and other landscaping along Whatley Crescent?

    Where possible, the roses and trees will be transplanted to another location. However, removal of some trees will be unavoidable. The project team will work with the City of Bayswater regarding the replacement of any removed trees.

  • How does this design allow for the proposed Morley-Ellenbrook Line?

    This concept design allows for the proposed Morley-Ellenbrook Line to connect at Bayswater. That involves making technical allowances in terms of the design and also ensuring space is safeguarded for the potential connection.

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