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The Western Australia government has unveiled a series of works for Perth’s Armadale Line to improve safety and increase access along the line through Perth’s south-eastern suburbs.
The WA government and federal government will jointly fund the removal of up to six level crossings.
The $415 million plan to remove three level crossings at Oats Street, Mint Street, and Welshpool Road, along with assessment of three level crossings at William, Wharf, and Hamilton streets has been submitted to Infrastructure Australia.
Procurement will begin on the Metronet project before the end of 2020, said WA Transport Minister Rita Saffioti.
“Submitting the business case to Infrastructure Australia is the next step forward to removing these boom gates,” she said.
The rail line will be raised over the road at the level crossings for up to 2.8 kilometres. The elevated rail option will enable better connections between adjoining communities, safer roads, and less noise.
As part of the WA Recovery Plan, train stations on the Armadale line will be upgraded to improve disability access.
$8 million will be spent on Cannington, Gosnells, and Kelmscott stations to bring them up to the Disability Standards for Accessible Public Transport 2002 (DSAPT).
These improvements will include better pedestrian access, the relocation of passenger information and ticket vending machines, and better lighting, signage, and CCTV coverage.
At Gosnells station, upgrades to the parking area will be part of the works, while at Kelmscott Station the bus stand infrastructure will also be improved.
“Public transport is for everyone, and we have a responsibility to ensure that anybody using our stations can do so as safely as possible, regardless of their mobility levels,” said Saffioti.
“These upgrades will mean all patrons using Cannington, Gosnells and Kelmscott stations will be able to use Transperth train services with dignity and independence.”
The project is part of the WA Recovery Plan, which has identified projects that can begin immediately and inject activity into the WA economy.
This article first appeared on www.railexpress.com.au
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