Construction of a new railway station to service Claremont Showgrounds will begin on March 4.
Transport Minister Eric Charlton said the station would cost $2.3 million, of which the Royal Agricultural Society would contribute $790,000, and work would be completed before the Abilympics were staged at the end of August, this year, and prior to this year's Royal Show.
The station, to be located between Ashton Avenue and Shenton Road, would integrate with the development of an entry plaza to the showgrounds near McFarlane Pavilion.
"A new station is needed to service the growing number of rail patrons who travel to exhibitions and other events at the Showgrounds," he said.
"Since the electrification of the suburban rail system in 1989, and the introduction of the northern suburbs link in 1993, rail patronage to the Showgrounds has increased 35 per cent.
"Later this year rail users will be able to take advantage of improved safety and passenger service facilities incorporated in the plans for the new station."
The station will have three sheltered platforms linked by an underpass and access will be by stairs and ramps. The extra platform will allow additional trains to fill to capacity without interfering with scheduled services on main lines.
Safety features include better positioning for easier access to trains.
"The existing station was built on a curve which meant gaps between the platform and the floor of the new, longer electric rail cars could present a problem for passengers getting on and off the train," Mr Charlton said.
"The site for the station is on straight track and platforms will be the same height as the floor of the trains."
A busway has been incorporated in the development to enable buses to supplement train services during busy periods. Provision has also been made for the construction of a cycle path through the area in the future.
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