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The new designs of the future Bayswater station in Perth have been updated after the most extensive community consultation in the history of transport projects in Western Australia.
Online surveys, community events, briefings, presentations, enquiries and community reference groups contributed feedback on the station’s initial design.
As a result of those inputs, escalators were added to the station, which previously only included stairs and lifts.
Architectural elements were also tweaked due to community feedback. More colour, and texture were added, and streamlined shaping was added to the structures, as well as the public spaces and landscaping.
WA Transport Minister Rita Saffioti said the station’s design was a product of its community.
“Today’s new designs reflect the feedback provided by the Bayswater community,” she said.
“The new designs are a great outcome for the local community and public transport users, drawing on both local rail heritage and the natural world that surrounds it.”
Finished designs mimic the metal fluting on train carriages and the ripples of the nearby Swan River.
At the High Wycombe station, community consultation will also shape the station, with young people from the Kalamunda area to collaborate with an established artist for an art piece that will stretch across a 40m-long wall at Ibis Place.
High Wycombe is one of the new stations constructed as part of the Forrestfield-Airport Link project, and the youth-led art piece is designed to foster positive interactions between young people, Perth’s public transport workers and infrastructure.
WA public Transport Authority (PTA) spokesman David Hynes said the art was part of the Right Track program.
“Building a positive relationship between ourselves and our young passengers is a win for everyone on the Transperth network, and collaborations like this go a long way to achieving that,” he said.
“By its nature public transport infrastructure can produce a few of these large blank walls, so when it’s appropriate to do so it’s great to involve the local community – in this case local youth – in making the space their own.”
This article first appeared on www.railexpress.com.au
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