Midland Station

New Midland Station

 

 

Relocating Midland Station between Helena and Cale streets maintains the railway’s central role to work and community life in the area.

The project is also an opportunity to replace ageing infrastructure with a modern facility, allow a connection to the Bellevue Depot and assembly facility and support safe movements through the area.

Relocating the station has been discussed for many years, as part of DevelopmentWA's Midland Project, and its new location better integrates with the area, bringing it closer to the Midland Gate Shopping Centre and Midland Health Campus.

A Project Definition Plan is underway, with key stakeholder engagement to ensure the Midland Station Project integrates with the community and to provide well-designed places that support walking, cycling and public transport. This is expected to be completed in mid-2020.

In January we asked the community what they would like to see at the new Midland Station. The feedback from our online survey has shown that most people want to see a station that combines modern and heritage elements, and highlights rail and rail history through public art. Read more on the results on our fact sheet

 

Project Features

Scoping and concept designs for the new Midland Station project, which includes:

  • Building a new station between Helena and Cale streets with two platform faces long enough for six railcar trains, and a third platform for regional passenger trains
  • Demolishing the existing Midland Station at Helena Street and replacing with a new bus interchange and multi-level passenger car park
  • Bicycle parking facilities and shared path connections
  • Helena Street level crossing to close, with a new crossing planned at Cale Street
  • Extending the electrified rail line to the new Bellevue Depot

The Helena Street level crossing will close as growth in freight rail operations as well as the trains travelling to the new station would mean that, if it remained open, the boom gates would be down for significant periods of time during peak periods.

A new crossing is planned at Cale Street, which will have fewer trains operating through it and less closure time and impacts on local connectivity.


  • General Project

  • Why can’t you refurbish or rebuild at the current Midland Station site?

    If Midland Station was to stay in its current location, it would need to be significantly demolished and rebuilt to allow a connection to the new railcar depot, and provide for future Midland Line extensions. This would cause significant disruption to urban and regional train passengers and people getting to the station. By building the new Midland Station in its proposed location, it can be built offline and therefore minimise overall disruption to passengers and the community.  The new station can also be designed and built to optimise the experience for current and future passengers and people using the station, with design elements that will be challenging to retrofit into the existing station.

  • Why can’t Helena Street level crossing stay open?

    The Helena Street level crossing will be closed as growth in freight rail operations as well as the trains travelling to the new station would mean that, if it remained open, the boom gates would be down for extensive periods of time. To maintain movement in the area a new crossing will open at Cale Street which will have fewer trains operating through it and thus less closure time and corresponding impacts on local connectivity across the rail corridor.

  • Why can’t the new station be built next to the hospital?

    The proposed new Midland Station location balances bringing the station closer to the town centre while ensuring a road connection is maintained through the area. If the station was closer to, or east of, Cale Street, moving the level crossing here would be difficult due to safety and the boom gates being down for a significant amount of time because of train movements.  This would negatively impact pedestrian, cycling and vehicle trips through the area.

  • Why was Cale Street chosen for the new crossing?

    Previous State and local planning for the Midland town centre identified Cale Street as a key ‘spine’ and connector road for the area. The other roads east of Midland Station were not planned or designed to cater for this type of movement.

  • Was a grade separation option considered for the level crossings?

    Grade separations were considered but are challenging due to the area’s built-up nature, land constraints and the need to cross both the passenger and freight rail. Work assessing grade separation options around Midland are ongoing as part of the Public Transport Authority’s long term plan to remove level crossings on the passenger network. The proposed level crossing at Cale Street will support connectivity across the rail corridor in the Midland town centre.

  • When will the line extend to Bellevue?

    During the options analysis phase, the complexities of extending the Midland Line to a station in Bellevue were further explored. Based on these complexities the extension to Bellevue will be delivered as part of the next stage of the project.

  • Was lowering or raising the rail and station considered?

    While the option to lower or raise the rail was carefully assessed, it was not deemed viable at this time. Also, with the freight line running through this area, the full benefits of connectivity provided by lowering or raising the passenger rail would not be possible.

  • What will a train ticket cost from the new Midland Station to the new Ellenbrook Station once operational?

    Midland Station passengers catching the train to Ellenbrook Station, once the new Morley-Ellenbrook Line is operational, will pay a two-zone fare, as long as they don’t tag off and on again while transferring trains at Bayswater.

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Community

The New Midland Station Project maintains the railway’s central role to work and community life in the area with modern facilities that integrate into the area.

In January we asked the community what they would like to see at the new Midland Station.

197 of you gave us your feedback through our online survey, which will now be used to help inform the design process.

Key findings from the survey included:

  • Nearly half of you want to see a station that has combination of modern and heritage design elements
  • Safety, parking and integration with the local area are the top three things that you think are important for the new station
  • Almost half of you think that rail and rail history should be reflected in the public art at the new station

Read the summary fact sheet on the results here.

Extension to Bellevue

The options analysis found that staging the extension to Bellevue after the new Midland Station is complete not only presents the best opportunity to manage the existing transport constraints in the Midland city centre but will also deliver the best land use outcomes.

In the meantime, work will continue in planning for a future rail extension to Bellevue or beyond.

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