Elevated rail to replace level-crossings on WA’s Armadale Line

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A single-structure elevated rail solution will replace five level crossings along the Armadale Line in Perth between Victoria Park and Canning.

As part of the plan announced by METRONET on Sunday, railway line at the Mint Street, Oats Street, Welshpool Road, Hamilton Street and Wharf Street level crossings will be elevated with the elevated rail structure.

New elevated stations will be built at Carlisle, Oats Street, Queens Park and Cannington. Welshpool Station will close with Oats Street and Queens Park stations providing improved passenger facilities.

Locations for new stations have been confirmed, with Carlisle Station to move closer to Mint/Archer streets. Oats Street Station will be moved to the top of Oats Street and will consist of entrances on both sides of the station to increase safety.

Queen’s Park Station will have its entrance relocated to face Cecil Avenue.

The single structure rail solution was chosen to help moderate train noise as well as create welcome public spaces.

The project is currently in the procurement phase, with a contract for the works set to be awarded later this year. Works are expected to be completed in late-2022.

Western Australia Transport Minister Rita Saffioti said the solution was selected with the help of community consultation, noting that the boom gates on the line are down for a total of three hours each per day.

“Our government has a program of level crossing removals along the Armadale Line which will mean we can wave goodbye to those pesky boom gates,” Ms affioti said.

“We have already removed the dreaded Denny Avenue level crossing in Kelmscott and I cannot wait to get to work to remove these five level crossings throughout Victoria Park and Canning,” she added.

Elevating the railway line will also create about six hectares of public space in areas of the rail reserve no longer occupied by railway infrastructure, with extensive landscaping, public art and facilities such as bike racks and gym and playground equipment to be installed to create vibrant public spaces.

The Victoria Park-Canning Level Crossing Removal project is Perth’s first major elevated rail designed to improve public transport safety, create new and versatile public open space for the community and reduce traffic congestion.

Community members have been encouraged to apply to be a part of the new construction Community Reference group, which will influence the next phase of the project.

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