Removing level crossings from Perth’s road and rail network will increase the safety of people walking, cycling and driving in the area, as well as reduce road congestion and revitalise local communities. The joint Federal and State funded project to remove the Denny Avenue level crossing is METRONET’s first, with works due to begin late 2019.
The Denny Avenue level crossing removal is a priority due to risk taking behaviour of road users who cross the tracks while the boom gates are down or descending. Level crossing safety risks increase when road users become frustrated by extended queues at boom gates. Denny Avenue has an average closure time of one minute and 44 seconds per session and a total average closure of three hours and 7 minutes per day. If the crossing remains open, this is expected to increase to three hours and 34 mins per day by 2031.
The Denny Avenue level crossing will be permanently closed with an alternative east/west connection built at Davis Road, 170m south of the existing location. Building a new underpass at Davis Road will involve gradually raising the rail and associated infrastructure, and lowering the surrounding road network.
Extending Davis Road will maintain the important east/west connection for motorists, cyclists and pedestrians in Kelmscott and the surrounding area, with the existing Davis Road being widened to accommodate up to four lanes of traffic.