The existing level crossing at Thomas Road in Byford will be reconfigured to a road-over-rail bridge.
Early work on removing the level crossing is underway, marking the start on the Byford Rail Extension.
The new road bridge over Thomas Road, delivered by Main Roads WA, is one of several projects fast tracked by the McGowan Government to boost local jobs and the economy through COVID-19.
The Thomas Road over rail bridge will help reduce congestion at the eastern end of Thomas Road and improve safety in the area.
The Byford Rail Extension - Thomas Road over Rail project includes:
- a new bridge with Thomas Road elevated to pass over the rail corridor with two lanes in each direction, with the bridge to be constructed slightly to the north of the existing Thomas Road alignment, between South Western Highway and Wungong South Road;
- modifications to local roads, with Butcher Road connected to Vlasich Road via a new underpass;
- a shared path on the bridge for cyclists and walkers;
- noise walls; and
- landscaping and revegetation.
Extensive planning and development work is being undertaken by Main Roads WA to confirm the scope and progress the approvals required to allow for bridge construction, including:
- stakeholder consultation to identify issues and constraints that may impact the project and local road connections; and
- geotechnical and site investigations, traffic and noise modelling and environmental assessments to inform environmental approval processes.
These activities will inform the final concept design and delivery schedule.
This work is being led by Main Roads Western Australia. You can find out more via their project page. You can also learn more in the fact sheet.