Hon Rita Saffioti BBus MLA

Hon Rita Saffioti BBus MLA

Minister for Transport; Planning; Ports

    Midland Line shutdown to say Bye Bye Bayswater Bridge

    13/04/2022 9:00 AM
    • Twenty-four day Midland Line shutdown required for works on New Bayswater Station
    • Shutdown to commence September 23 during school holidays and will impact some Transwa services
    • More than 340 people have contributed ideas on how to farewell Old Bayswater Bridge
    • First of Bayswater Station's new platforms to open for passengers at the end of shutdown 

    The Midland Line will close for 24 days from September 23 to facilitate major works on the New Bayswater Station.


    This shutdown is required to remove and replace about 1.8 kilometres of track and other rail systems, as well as expanding the existing Leake Street pedestrian underpass and continuing work on the new Bayswater Bridge.


    The shutdown will have some impacts on the Airport Line, the Prospector, AvonLink and MerredinLink services, and the Indian Pacific train, with Transwa services to leave from Midland Station during the closure.


    Following the shutdown, the first portion of the new Bayswater Station will open for passengers to enjoy modern passenger facilities.


    Stakeholder engagement and a linewide passenger survey will begin Tuesday April 19 to better understand the disruption's potential impacts and plan train replacement services accordingly.


    The community can also provide their suggestions and feedback at buildingfortomorrow.wa.gov.au.


    More than 340 people have had their say on how the Old Bayswater Bridge might be farewelled when it is removed later this year.


    Ideas ranging from festivals to video montages, food markets and staged truck drivebys will feed into planning to mark the 1960s bridge's removal.


    More details about the final community farewell will be released closer to the date.


    Comments attributed to Transport Minister Rita Saffioti:


    "The Midland Line will need to close for 24 days in September to facilitate major works on the METRONET New Bayswater Station.


    "We know this will be inconvenient so we will be out talking to people from early next week to help us plan replacement services.


    "Once the Midland Line has re-opened we will be able to set a date for a community farewell to the infamous Bayswater Bridge.


    "There has been so many great ideas put forward on how we might farewell the Old Bayswater Bridge, and I really look forward to sharing the chosen commemorative celebration.


    "The celebration will be after Bayswater passengers have started using the new platforms.


    "We know these disruptions are challenging, but we are setting up WA's transport network for the future and providing more opportunities for local businesses, local jobs, including apprenticeships and traineeships."


    Minister's office - 6552 5500