The WA Government is preparing for a boom gate blitz to remove up to seven dangerous level crossings along the Armadale Line.
In 2017, the WA Government was elected with a commitment to remove three level crossings on the Armadale Line – Oats Street, Wharf Street and Denny Avenue.
A tender for removal of the first level crossing at Denny Avenue in Kelmscott is about to be released, with construction to get underway later in 2019.
The METRONET team has been undertaking preliminary planning for the removal of the Oats Street and Wharf Street level crossings. This work identified that the removal of all the level crossings on the inner Armadale Line, from Victoria Park to Beckenham, could be considered to get the best planning and public transport solution.
This would involve the removal of six level crossings, between Mint Street in East Victoria Park through to William Street in Beckenham.
The removal of these six inner Armadale Line crossings will have major community benefits and will become increasingly necessary as train frequencies increase in future with the completion of the Thornlie-Cockburn Link and extension of the line to Byford.
The additional level crossings identified in the Armadale Line ‘boom gate blitz’ have more frequent closures than others on the network – closing up to 280 times a day.
This currently results in the boom gates being closed for up to 7.5 hours a day, however, the situation will worsen with the addition of more services as part of METRONET.
The WA Government has used preliminary work to successfully make the case to secure $207.5 million in Commonwealth funding for the removal of three level crossings at Oats Street in Carlisle, Welshpool Road in Welshpool and Mint Street in East Victoria Park.
A total of $415 million has been allocated in the upcoming State Budget, with $207.5 million over the next four years.
The METRONET team will spend $17.5 million in 2019-20 preparing detailed designs and business cases for the projects.
Source: WA Government