Claremont Station Project

Claremont Station Project

A multi-million dollar project at Claremont Station will improve passenger experience at the station, increase service frequency and allow direct access to the Forrestfield-Airport Link.

To allow this to happen, we’re building new rail infrastructure called a turnback so Forrestfield-Airport Link trains can drop passengers off at Claremont Station and turn around to head back the way they came.

In addition, we’re upgrading Claremont Station with improved bus facilities and bringing the heritage station up to current accessibility standards.

Work on the Claremont Station Project is taking place between Showgrounds, Claremont and Swanbourne stations, with some additional work occurring west of Swanbourne Station.

Works are scheduled to be complete during the second half of 2021.

Every effort will be made to minimise disruptions but, the following can be expected:

  • Transperth service impacts due to temporary line and station closures;
  • Temporary traffic management arrangements;
  • Principal Shared Path and footpath diversions;
  • Clearing of vegetation within the rail reserve and on PTA-managed land, and
  • Out-of-hours construction activity where full access to the rail line is required.

Major impacts including out-of-hours work and Transperth service disruptions will be communicated in advance. To keep updated, register for METRONET project updates and Transperth Travel Alerts.  

The works page has detail on current construction activity.

For information about the project, please email info@metronet.wa.gov.au or call 9326 3666.

 

Project Features

The Claremont Station project will include:  
  • Installing two turnback facilities west of Claremont Station
  • Refurbishing station facilities and upgrading the platform’s security building 
  • Improving station accessibility to meet the Disability and Discrimination Act
  • Expanding bus facilities
  • Removing the western pedestrian level crossing
  • Development of a pedestrian underpass west of the station to improve north-south connectivity for pedestrians and cyclists
  • Realigning existing rail infrastructure
  • Modifying the existing principal shared path (PSP)
The project is currently in development, with approximate project timing being:  
  • Late-2018: Design work commenced
  • March 2020: Work starts
  • Mid 2021: Rail infrastructure operational
  • Late 2021: Expected completion


Landscaping

The project team is working closely with the Town of Claremont to undertake landscaping in mid-2021. Planting choice will be suitable to the local climate, native, waterwise and endemic to the area.

The choice of trees on Claremont Crescent West will be decided in consultation with the METRONET Noongar Reference Group and residents on this street.

Community

Keeping the community informed is a key project priority. Community members can stay up to date in a number of ways:

Community Advisory Group Meetings

A Community Advisory Group (CAG) has been formed to work with the Claremont Station Project through the design and construction phase. The CAG acts as a sounding board regarding the delivery and impacts of the project throughout the construction phase. CAG members bring feedback or collect community enquiries for discussion in the meetings.

The minutes of each meeting are below. 

Public Art

As part of the Claremont Station Project there is an opportunity to create public art in or around the station, incorporating themes inspired by the Claremont community. To help get you thinking some themes that have been suggested as part of a workshop with the Community Advisory Group are:
  • Evocative - a sense of place that tells you where you are
  • Recognisable and unique - ‘place markers’ that remind you of Claremont
  • Indigenous - Noongar – Whadjuk narratives (e.g. hunting at lake, fishing, creation story)
  • Claremont’s European heritage – World War I and World War II significance, train history, showgrounds
  • Environmental influences
  • Half-way point between Fremantle and City

Results of the survey can be downloaded here.

Project Documents

  • General Project

  • Why are works occurring at Claremont station?

    To increase service frequency and allow direct access to the future Airport Line, new rail infrastructure called a turnback is being installed so Airport Line trains can drop passengers off at Claremont Station and use the turnbacks to turn around and head back the way they came.

  • What is a turnback?

    A turnback is a piece of rail infrastructure that allows trains to change tracks and turn back towards the direction they have come from. The turnback will support daily operations on the Forrestfield-Airport Link and Fremantle Line, as well as allowing services to continue operating if an incident or shutdown occurs on either of these lines.

  • Why was Claremont Station chosen for the turnbacks?

    The location of the new turnbacks balances both the physical space required in the rail corridor and finding a solution that will optimise future train operations. Claremont is perfectly located as a key centre point approximately half way between Perth and Fremantle, with the resulting service improvements expected to benefit the area’s ongoing growth, along with other key established and planned destinations.

    Claremont also provides several bus routes which was a requirement for an end-of-line station for the Airport Line.

  • Why does the western pedestrian level crossing have to be removed?

    This crossing is where the first turnback will be located. The turnback infrastructure moves trains from one track to another. It is unsafe to have pedestrians or cyclists crossing over moving rail infrastructure.

  • Will there still be access across the tracks if the western pedestrian level crossing is removed?

    Yes. The eastern pedestrian level crossing and the Heritage Bridge will remain so people can get across the tracks and to the station.

    The Public Transport Authority has a plan to extend all platforms on the Fremantle Line to cater for six car trains. Before this happens, the eastern pedestrian level crossing at Claremont Station will need to be removed to allow for the platform extension and an accessibility-compliant pedestrian overpass will be built.

  • Why do you need to change the Principal Shared Path (PSP)?

    The new station access will require additional space either side of the tracks. This is likely to result in both temporary and permanent relocation of some sections of the PSP.

  • Will heritage items be affected?

    Recognising the important history at Claremont Station, every effort will be made to preserve and protect heritage infrastructure as part of the upgrade.

  • The original design you released in May 2018 included a pedestrian overpass, why is it no longer part of the project scope?

    Since the original designs were released work has progressed in consultation with various stakeholders, including the Town of Claremont.

    Feedback indicated that the proposed overpass concept design was not the preferred location to support town centre connectivity. It has been postponed while work continues with the Town of Claremont to investigate options to maintain the north-south pedestrian connection that aligns with the town’s main street, Bay View Terrace.

  • Will any trees or plants be affected?

    Removing some trees is unavoidable. The project team will work with the Town of Claremont regarding the replacement of any removed trees. 

  • Will there be out-of-hours work?

    Yes. To minimise impact to rail operations, some out-of-hours work must occur. All out-of-hours work will follow a Noise Management Plan and affected residents will receive advance notification. 

    However, where practical or possible, work will be planned to take place during standard construction hours of 7am to 7pm Monday to Saturday. 

  • What is Leighton Yard being used for?

    Parts of Leighton Yard are currently being used to store materials for the Claremont Station Project, due to limited space at the project site. Once these works are complete the materials will be removed; however, the PTA will continue to use parts of the yard for routine storage of materials as needed.

    Main Roads WA is also building a new Principal Shared Path (PSP) through the yard to connect Victoria Street Station and North Fremantle Station. The new PSP will be fence-separated from the marshalling yard. More information about this project is available on the Main Roads website here: https://www.mainroads.wa.gov.au/projects-initiatives/programs/fremantle-path/

     

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