Old Bayswater Bridge ready for demolition

METRONET, Perth, Western Australia,

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4.8m high bridge to replace Old Bayswater Bridge that will form part of the new METRONET Bayswater Station in Western Australia.

It’s the end of an era, as the old Bayswater Bridge is dismantled to make way for the new METRONET Bayswater Station.

The works to demolish the bridge are taking place over two days during the current 26-day shutdown of the Midland and Airport lines.

The shutdown was essential to carry out critical construction on the new METRONET Bayswater Station and Morley-Ellenbrook Line projects.

Works being undertaken during the shutdown include the demolition of the old train station and old bridge, as well as the relocation of 1.8 kilometres of track and rail systems onto the new, higher rail bridge.

The demolition of the old station will allow for piling works for the final two rail bridges and connection for the Morley-Ellenbrook Line to start along Railway Parade.

All concrete removed from the old bridge, along with the steel supporting beams, bracing from the structure and steel reinforcement from the supporting walls will be recycled.

Old signage from the bridge will be donated to the City of Bayswater and retained for historic value or repurposed for use by local businesses and community groups.

In addition to segments of the old bridge being incorporated in landscaping around the new station, a public art piece has been commissioned that will repurpose the existing LED low-clearance signage, to create an interactive audio-visual piece for the new station forecourt. 

A final farewell event will be held at Bert Wright Park on Sunday 30 April from 10am-1pm to commemorate the old Baysie Bridge with a free sausage sizzle, live entertainment, face painting and free popcorn and fairy floss.

The new station precinct will also activate the area with a number of tenancy opportunities available at the eastern station entry for mixed uses, supporting a lively plaza for the local community to enjoy.

“The day has come to say our final goodbyes to the old Bayswater Bridge, and while it will come with a tinge of sadness for some, I am sure many will be rejoicing – especially truck drivers,” says Transport Minister Rita Saffioti.

“The old bridge will make way for the new 4.8m high bridge that will form part of the new METRONET Bayswater Station, which will be a focal point for our significantly expanded rail network,” says Transport Minister Rita Saffioti.

“The new Bayswater Station will be the biggest outside of Perth City, servicing three rail lines including the Midland, Airport and future Morley-Ellenbrook Line,” says Transport Minister Rita Saffioti.

“We will make sure the old bridge is appropriately commemorated, with parts of the bridge incorporated in landscaping around the new station, while a public art piece has been commissioned that will repurpose the existing LED low-clearance signage, to create an interactive audio-visual piece for the new station forecourt,” says Transport Minister Rita Saffioti.

“It is important that we continue supporting Bayswater businesses who remain open during these works who help keep our community strong and vibrant,” says Transport Minister Rita Saffioti.

“At project completion, the new Bayswater Station will become a key transport hub with three rail lines connecting our communities, new public spaces and extensive public art in place for the community to enjoy,” says Transport Minister Rita Saffioti.

Source: © Government of Western Australia

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