The Bayswater Station in Western Australia is set for a major revamp next year with the early concept plans already released for community consultation. Once completed, the Bayswater Station will form a junction between the future Morley-Ellenbrook and Forrestfield-Airport rail links.
Since opening in 1896, this upgrade is the largest revamp on Bayswater Station and this project has been allocated approximately $86.4 million from the last State Budget. Upgrading this train station is also part of the first stage of the Morley-Ellenbrook rail line project.
This upgrade also include a turnback siding within the existing rail corridor between the stations at Meltham and Bayswater which can be utilised to move railcars that will service the Forrestfield-Airport Link as well as the Morley-Ellenbrook Line.
“This is a huge step for Bayswater, which will see vast improvements to its town centre as a result of this upgrade.
“This also forms the first stage of the Morley-Ellenbrook Line that will link into the existing rail network around Bayswater Station,” Transport Minister Rita Saffioti said.
Concept image (source: METRONET)
The early concept design for the Bayswater Station include:
- Relocating the station onto a new lifted rail bridge over King William Street, replacing the existing rail bridge
- The new platforms will be realigned closer to Whatley Crescent and be expanded to 150 metres to accommodate six-car trains
- New public space under and around the future rail bridge which will improve connectivity and vibrancy in Bayswater town centre
Vital elements of this upgrade still require community input – including architecture, station design, public spaces around the station, location and design of a potential bus interchange as well as parking requirements and landscaping.
Building the Bayswater Station underground was ruled out after investigations due to a number of operational and engineering issues as well as constraints arising from the design of the Forrestfield-Airport Link. Works to build an underground train station will also result in closing Bayswater Station for at least a year.
“The METRONET team will work with the community to get their feedback on a range of proposals for the upgrades station including improved pedestrian access and safety, bus and rail interchange facilities, and better lighting and more seating,” the Minister added.
An online survey is currently being conducted to gather feedback for the design of the Bayswater Station project. Drop-in sessions for community feedback will also be conducted. You can find out more about both the online and drop-in consultations here.
Construction on the new Bayswater Station is expected to commence in 2019 and completed by late 2020, prior to the opening of the Forrestfield-Airport Link.
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