Hon Mark McGowan BA LLB MLA

Hon Mark McGowan BA LLB MLA

Premier; Treasurer; Minister for Public Sector Management; Federal-State Relations

Hon Rita Saffioti BBus MLA

Hon Rita Saffioti BBus MLA

Minister for Transport; Planning; Ports

    Community drives METRONET Bayswater Station concept

    1/12/2018 12:15 PM
    • Bigger station, higher rail bridge, revised road layout and more public space
    • New station to form part of the revitalised Bayswater town centre
    • Refined design based on extensive feedback from the community
    • Entire station to move to the west to maximise town centre integration
    • Design to accommodate future additional platforms for the Morley-Ellenbrook Line 

    The Bayswater community has helped choose the concept plan for the McGowan Government's major METRONET upgrade of Bayswater Station, the first stage of the Morley-Ellenbrook Line.


    A consultation process over recent months has informed the METRONET team's refined plan for the station upgrade, which will transform the area into a community hub and junction for the future Forrestfield-Airport Link and Morley-Ellenbrook Line.


    Close to 1,000 people were surveyed on their vision for the station and precinct in recent months while about 300 locals attended community drop-in sessions.


    The design revealed today reflects the feedback received, with more public space underneath the rail line, more town centre connectivity and improved station aesthetics.


    The concept design also includes a section of Whatley Crescent being lowered between King William and Hamilton streets, creating a second underpass connecting to Beechboro Road under the new rail bridge.


    The wider precinct will have improved pedestrian connections, simplified traffic phasing, street designs that promote slower speeds and improved bus-train connections.


    Bus services will be integrated with the local traffic network under the railway to improve overall conditions within the town centre.


    The refined design is currently estimated to cost $146 million. This includes the expected costs of the new road layout associated with the station, to improve traffic flow and benefit the local community, and necessary forward works to facilitate the Morley-Ellenbrook Line connection.


    A construction tender for the works will be released in early 2019 with work set to begin in late 2019.


    Further enhancements to the area will also include:

    • The station to be relocated onto a higher rail bridge over King William Street, replacing the existing rail bridge and increasing the clearance from 3.8 metres to 4.8 metres;
    • Platforms realigned closer to Whatley Crescent and expanded to accommodate six-car trains;
    • Town centre integration and opportunities for more commercial or community uses; and
    • The new METRONET station to have full disability access.  

    Information sessions about the new station will be held in the coming weeks. More information is available online here.


    Comments attributed to Premier Mark McGowan:


    "This project encapsulates what METRONET is about - it's a key first step for the Morley-Ellenbrook Line and will be one of the final steps for the Forrestfield-Airport Link.


    "Along with creating a junction for our new METRONET lines, it will pump vibrancy and activity into the Bayswater town centre to support more jobs and local businesses.


    "Part of this project also involves raising the notorious Bayswater bridge, which has trapped at least 20 trucks since I have been Premier."


    Comments attributed to Transport Minister Rita Saffioti:


    "This is a transformational project for Bayswater that is being locally driven so we can build something that balances community needs, transport outcomes, heritage and new commercial opportunities.


    "It will be Bayswater Station's biggest overhaul in more than a century and we are proud to be bringing METRONET in to revitalise the area.


    "We knew how important it was to revitalise this precinct in line with the expectations of the local community, which is why the METRONET team consulted so extensively with local stakeholders.


    "Importantly, this is a vital first step for the Morley-Ellenbrook Line which will connect the north-east corridor to Perth's rail network for the first time."


    Comments attributed to Maylands MLA Lisa Baker:


    "This solution will support the Bayswater Town Centre's long term opportunities by making it an easier place to move around, create spaces for a variety of uses and connect Bayswater to key business and tourism locations.


    "In recent months there have been letterbox drops, station meetings, direct emails and a number of public and stakeholder meetings to discuss the concept.


    "I believe this design balances transport and land-use planning, as well as the needs of the community with some of the site constraints, while allowing for the Morley-Ellenbrook Line to connect here in the future."


    Premier's office - 6552 5000

    Transport Minister's office - 6552 5500