Preparation ramps up for the 18 month closure of the Armadale Train Line in Perth, with works on three new bus interchanges now underway.
Construction of 1.2 km of priority bus lanes and road modifications along Albany Highway, Welshpool and Shepperton Roads is scheduled to begin next month.
The line will be closed to facilitate one of the biggest public transport infrastructure projects Perth has ever seen.
The upgrades being made to the Armadale Line include the removal of 13 level crossings, construction of seven new stations and the addition of 5.5 km of Perth’s first elevated rail.
The line will also be extended to Byford, providing thousands of people living in Perth’s south with access to a train line for the first time.
The Victoria Park-Canning Level Crossing Removal Project willcreate six hectares of new public space for the community to enjoy, with a range of amenities being proposed including playgrounds, fitness zones, basketball courts, skate parks, new walking and cycling paths, public art, and activation spaces for community activities and events.
To assist with traffic flows along key arterial routes during the shutdown, new intelligent transport system technology will also be installed.
The technology includes Bluetooth receivers, CCTV cameras and variable message signs that will provide real-time information on traffic conditions.
The technology will also integrate with traffic signalling to provide improved journey time reliability and movements for rail replacement bus services.
There will also be a dedicated incident response service focusing on Shepperton Rd and Albany Hwy during the 18 month closure.
Measures being put in place during the shutdown include:
- three new bus interchanges in Armadale, Victoria Park and Cannington;
- additional bus storage at the Causeway Bus Station to improve service performance;
- construction of 1.2 km of priority bus lanes along Albany Hwy, Welshpool and Shepperton Roads;
- road modifications along Albany Hwy to improve safety and traffic flow; and
- installation of intelligent transport system technology including Bluetooth receivers, CCTV cameras and variable message signs.
More than 100 additional buses will be used to support the closure, with the Public Transport Authority currently finalising the temporary bus routes that will be put in place.
“This will be one of the biggest public transport infrastructure projects we have ever undertaken in our metro area and will deliver significant benefits to the community including the removal of 13 level crossings, construction of seven new stations, the addition of more than 5 km of elevated rail and around six hectares of new public space,” says Transport Minister Rita Saffioti.
“We carefully considered the options for delivering these works, and an 18 month closure was the best way to get the job done in the shortest, safest, and most efficient way,” says Transport Minister Rita Saffioti.
“I am fully aware of the impact this project will have on regular passengers on the Armadale Line, as well as the surrounding communities, which is why significant work and effort is being undertaken now to make the closure as smooth as possible,” says Transport Minister Rita Saffioti.
“We’re building new bus interchanges, undertaking significant road works to deliver bus priority lanes and will be installing intelligent transport system technology that will help manage traffic and bus movements on key arterial routes,” says Transport Minister Rita Saffioti.
“The new technology being installed will integrate with traffic signalling to provide improved journey time reliability and movements for rail replacement bus services,” says Transport Minister Rita Saffioti.
Analysis of travel patterns and research among Transperth patrons has helped to plan a network of rail replacement bus services, which will be available on the Transperth website closer to the date.
Significant work is also underway to prepare the new elevated rail ahead of the closure later this year.
More than 50% of the 500 pre-cast L-beams needed for the Victoria Park-Canning Level Crossing Removal Project have now been produced.
The L-beams are one of a number of precast concrete components that will form part of the nearly 4 km of overhead rail being delivered through the project.
“The community has called for the removal of level crossings and the McGowan Government is delivering with the removal of three level crossings in the electorate of Cannington alone,” says Cannington MLA Bill Johnston.
“It’s fantastic to see works progressing on the temporary Cannington Bus Interchange, which will provide people with access to the new bus networks we will have in place while the shutdown takes place,” says Cannington MLA Bill Johnston.
“This project is going to transform the rail corridor, but we know getting to that destination will create disruptions, which is why we will be working hard in the lead up to the shutdown, to make sure disruptions are minimised during the 18 months,” says Cannington MLA Bill Johnston.
“This project is going to transform Armadale and deliver our community a new train station, and new opportunities for public open space with the removal of level crossings at Armadale Road, Church Avenue and Forrest Road,” says Armadale MLA Tony Buti.
Development applications for the Cannington and Queens Park stations and adjacent public spaces will soon be submitted to the City of Canning.
Community members will have the opportunity to provide feedback via the Department of Planning, Lands and Heritage.
Development applications for Beckenham, Armadale, and Byford are expected to be submitted in coming months.
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