$87.5m commitment for Beckenham station and removal of William Street level crossing secured

Perth railway station

Beckenham, METRONET, Perth, railway, Western Australia, William Street,

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After the release of October’s Federal Budget, a funding of $87.5m is secured to elevate Beckenham station and remove the William Street level crossing in Perth.

Federal Minister for Infrastructure Catherine King and Western Australian Transport Minister Rita Saffioti have visited Beckenham Station, which will now become an elevated station, thanks to funding in the October Federal Budget.

The Federal Government has delivered on its commitment of $87.5 million towards the project it made up to the election and has confirmed the funding in last week’s Budget.

The State Government has also committed $87.5 million towards the project.

The funding to elevate the station will also see the William Street level crossing removed.

The works will form part of a broader program, which will now see the removal of six level crossings and the construction of five new elevated stations.

The project will significantly ease congestion along the Armadale Line, where some boom gates are down for several hours daily.

On average, the William Street level crossing closes 266 times every single day, resulting in the boom gates delaying traffic for a total of three hours and 43 minutes.

“Having motorists forced to wait hours for passing trains in a growing city like ours is unsustainable, and these projects will slash congestion and boost local industry and people living in the area,”  says WA Minister for Transport Rita Saffioti.

The elevated rail line will generate new opportunities for development and public open space as land previously occupied by the rail line becomes available.

The Federal Budget also included investment in several other additional projects for Western Australia, including:

  • $125 million for electric bus charging infrastructure and depots
  • $400 million to seal the Tanami Road
  • $35 million for an interchange at Nicholson Road and Garden Street
  • $15 million for the Flynn Drive upgrade
  • $7.25 million for the Gnangara Road upgrade

“More spare time for commuters is a huge win for our community and our thanks to the Australian Government’s $670 million investment in election commitments for vital infrastructure projects in Western Australia, which were confirmed in the recent Federal Budget,”  says Federal Member for Swan Zaneta Mascarenhas. 

“We made a commitment to fund this project in the lead up to the election, and we’ve wasted no time in delivering on that commitment by allocating funding in last week’s Federal Budge,”  says Federal Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development and Local Government Minister Catherine King.

“The extent to which the level crossings along the Armadale Rail line disrupt the flow of traffic is remarkable – it’s a significant drain on local industry, and for people going about their day-to-day business, this project will remove those delays,”  says Federal Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development and Local Government Minister Catherine King.

“This investment by the Federal Labor Government is going to enhance further the Vic Park Canning Level Crossing Removal project, which will significantly reduce traffic congestion for thousands of commuters who live near the Armadale Line,”  says WA Minister for Transport Rita Saffioti. 

Planning for the Victoria Park-Canning Level Crossing Removal and Byford Rail Extension projects is continuing, with the 18-month Armadale Line shut scheduled to begin in late 2023.

Source: © Commonwealth of Australia

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