Construction has officially begun on the new Lakelands Station in Mandurah, on the southwest coast of Western Australia.
Early works kicked off on the site this week following a ground-breaking celebration, with the station expected to open in 2023.
The Mandurah railway line is a hybrid suburban rail/rapid transit railway line on the Transperth Trains network in Western Australia that runs from Perth south to the state’s second largest city Mandurah.
Lakelands Station will be built between Warnbro and Mandurah stations which are currently 23 kilometres apart. It is expected to ease the growing demand for public transport in the southern suburbs of Perth.
The start of early works is the latest in a growing list of 2021 milestones for the project following contract awarded to ADCO Constructions in January and the unveiling of preliminary designs in May. These designs also formed part of the project’s Development Approval application, which is expected to be determined by September.
The station’s design draws on local natural features like the wetlands, Serpentine River, Yalbanberup Pool and Paganoni Lake. The new station will have a bus interchange, cycling facilities and a car park with approximately 400 bays, and pedestrian and cycling friendly paths, giving passengers plenty of choice for accessing Lakelands Station.
The city of Mandurah is home to more than 88,000 people with an average increase of 1500 new residents each year over the past five years. Between 2016 and 2036, the population for the City of Mandurah is forecast to increase by 36,778 persons (44.26 per cent growth), at an average annual change of 1.85 per cent.
Once open, the station is expected to see around 2300 daily boardings, servicing the growing suburbs of Lakelands, Madora Bay, Meadow Springs and surrounds.
Major construction is expected to begin in October following the completion of early works at the site, which include modifications to existing overhead line equipment and rail corridor earthworks.