The State Government has committed $17.5m in the 2019-20 budget to investigate the removal of a number of level crossings on the Armadale Line.
As part of the existing Level Crossing Removal Project, where preliminary planning has started for the removal of crossings at Oats Street and Wharf Street, the team identified that removing all the level crossings between East Victoria Park and Beckenham could achieve the best planning and transport outcomes.
The additional funding will allow the team to investigate possible options for removing up to six level crossings on the inner Armadale Line as part of one project. These are: Mint Street, Carlisle; Oats Street, East Victoria Park; Welshpool Road, Welshpool; Hamilton Street, Queens Park; Wharf Street, Cannington; William Street, Beckenham.
This is in addition to the removal of the Denny Avenue crossing in Kelmscott, that is due to start later this year.
While it is too early to determine what the possible solutions will look like, there are a number of ways to remove level crossings including:
- Elevating or lowering the rail line
- Elevating or lowering the road
- A combination of elevating and sinking the road or rail (as per the Denny Avenue project)
- Closing the level crossing.
Removal options will be planned in consultation with key stakeholders and will consider community and road impacts, as well as urban development opportunities.