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THIS is the first look at a new train station which it is hoped will kick-start a major regeneration in Perth’s eastern suburbs.
Belmont Station, to be built underground at Brearley Avenue in Redcliffe, is the first stop on the WA Government’s $2 billion Forrestfield Airport Link.
The station, to open in late 2020, neighbours Perth Airport’s domestic terminals and a planned 110-store direct factory outlets shopping centre.
It’s also central to City of Belmont plans for medium and high-density housing, businesses and public space. In the longer term, the area is expected to attract 7800 new residents and 5000 workers.
A development application for the station, which includes a busway and 500-bay carpark, was recently lodged with the local government by Public Transport Authority.
Some elements of the project are still under consideration by the McGowan Government, including whether to rename it “Redcliffe” and how to transport airport travellers from the domestic terminals to the station. Qantas’ non-stop Perth-London flight starts next year and will operate from the domestic terminals, which are located 1km west of the new train station.
Belmont Station is the first stop on the WA Government’s $2 billion Forrestfield Airport Link.Transport Minister Rita Saffioti said Qantas had planned to move all services to the consolidated international terminal by 2020, but that now won’t happen until 2025.
She said the previous Liberal government, which started the airport link project, had not designed the Belmont Station to connect to an operating airport. It means from 2020, Qantas passengers who have flown 17 hours from London to Perth will have to walk 1km or hop on a shuttle bus to ride on the $2 billion airport line. The alternative would be to drive or catch a cab.
Ms Saffioti said the Metronet team was looking at the connection, “as it would seem a bit of waste to have an international terminal there and not have access to a station”.
“When it was designed it was not connecting to an airport, because the airport wasn’t going to exist,” Ms Saffioti said.
“And now Qantas, not only is it not moving, but it’s taking on an international component in that area because of the expansion to facilitate the direct (Perth-London) flight.
What the inside of the new Belmont Station will look like when completed in 2020.“We may need to look at shuttle services between the station and the Qantas airport because that wasn’t something that was factored in (by the previous government).”
In January, Brearley Avenue was closed between First Street and Dunreath Drive to make way for the station, despite the protests of some locals.
Bella Scharfenstein, a member of a residents’ action group, said the closure had created “rat runs” on suburban streets. She questioned whether the station would prompt tipped property developer land-buys.
A decision on closing Brearley Ave, from Great Eastern Highway to First St, in September will be made by Ms Saffioti.
This article first appeared on www.perthnow.com.au
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