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Safer, easier and potentially more crossings will be possible for up to six level crossing removals on the inner Armadale line, at Mint Street, Oats Street, Welshpool Road, Hamilton Street, Wharf Street and William Street.
Elevated rail is the preferred option for removing up to five of these level crossings, informed by extensive early investigations and seeing success of similar projects in the eastern states.
An alternative option of closure is also being considered at Wharf Street and at Hamilton Street, land has been reserved on either side of the railway and a road over rail solution is preferred. Two options are being considered for Wharf Street, closing the crossing or elevating the rail.
While elevated rail is not common in Perth, projects in Victoria and elsewhere have successfully created interesting and versatile new public spaces for the community.
This is done by raising the rail to completely remove sections of it from ground level to significantly improve pedestrian, cyclist, and motorist connections. It is also a revitalisation opportunity as new public spaces can be created under the raised rail, that could be used for a variety of civic purposes.
The elevated solutions will result in Carlisle, Oats Street, Beckenham, and potentially Queens Park stations being rebuilt, providing the opportunity to modernise stations with more facilities to better meet passenger needs. Due to low patronage, Welshpool Station will close, and the new Oats Street Station will service the Welshpool area.
This project is in addition to the removal of the Denny Avenue crossing on the Armadale Line in Kelmscott where early works are underway.
Have your Say
Significant elements of this project are yet to be confirmed, such as additional connections, potential uses for the spaces under the rail and overall project design, including landscaping and public art and we encourage you to let us know what you think we should consider and help inform project planning as it continues.
Complete a survey or apply to be part of a Community Reference Groups (CRG) to help inform the concept designs for the project.
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