Bayswater Station Upgrade
  • Bayswater Connection

  • Why is a viaduct needed at Bayswater Connection?

    Connecting the Morley-Ellenbrook Line at Bayswater was deemed the most suitable option from 117 different designs. The selection process considered patronage, land requirements, construction methodology, community impact and of course, cost to the taxpayer.

    Elevating the rail by building a viaduct (or overpass) maintains roads in Bayswater’s industrial area to ensure oversized vehicles and heavy traffic using the area do not need to travel through residential streets in the Bayswater town centre.

  • What will the viaduct look like?

    The elevated line will sit on a slim-line concrete viaduct for approximately 750m between Tonkin Highway and Bayswater Station. Central concrete piers will support the viaduct and will be spaced approximately 35m apart. Noise and vibration mitigation measures will form part of the structure and the design will complement the rail bridges at the new Bayswater Station. The viaduct final design, including the height and location of bridge pillars, will be developed by the main project alliance, to be awarded in late-2020.

  • Why couldn’t the connection be built underground?

    An underground connection was considered during the planning and project definition process, however, as Tonkin Highway is higher than the existing Midland Line, the Morley-Ellenbrook Line connection from Bayswater needs to rise to meet the level of the highway. The Midland Line also sits on land with a high-water table, making an underground connection very challenging in this area.

  • Why couldn’t the line be built alongside the Midland Line in Bayswater?

    To ensure Morley-Ellenbrook Line trains can continue seamlessly to the CBD, the new line must connect to the existing Midland Line tracks by crossing over the line coming from the CBD. To do this safely, the trains travelling towards each other must not cross at ground level, so a raised crossing is provided so that one train can cross above the other.

  • Will there be noise mitigation?

    The new rail infrastructure will comply with State Planning Policy 5.4 to ensure noise levels are at an acceptable level.

  • Will passengers in the train be able to look into my yard?

    Screening will be in place to ensure passengers cannot see into fenced properties.

  • How high will the rail be?

    The rail height will vary along the alignment and exact design details will be confirmed when the main project alliance contractor is on board later in the year.

  • Will trees be removed?

    While the majority of this connection will be built within the rail reserve, which is already cleared, some tree removal is unavoidable. Many trees are unable to be relocated because the species is unlikely to survive, the tree is of ill health, or because of cost implications. We will work with City of Bayswater to replant within the council area. We will have a better idea of impacts once a contractor is on board and further design work has been completed.

  • Will there be landscaping?

    There is little opportunity to landscape along the rail corridor. However, any landscaping design will be developed by the main project alliance, to be awarded in late-2020.

  • What happens next?

    The final design, including the location of bridge pillars, will be developed by the main project contractor alliance.

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