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Aerial view of Airport Central Station under construction, looking south-east, January 2019. Photo: Metronet.

High Wycombe Station lift installation, August 2020. Photo: Metronet.

New Railway Stations for Western Australia

David Matheson

 21 April 2021

New railway stations are under construction or planned within Western Australia. They will include stations being built as part of the Forrestfield–Airport Link (FAL) and other Metronet projects.

 

Forrestfield–Airport Link

www.forrestfieldairportlink.wa.gov.au

Forrestfield–Airport Link is a new railway line that will connect the Perth central business district to Forrestfield via Perth airport. The railway line will diverge from the existing Midland line near Bayswater station, and then run to Forrestfield through underground tunnels. Three new stations will be built on the line. From the turnout at Bayswater the new stations will be Redcliffe, Airport Central and High Wycombe. The new line will be 8.5 km in length and include 8 km of twin tunnels, with the route passing underneath the Swan River. Tunnelling commenced in 2017, and the first trains are scheduled to run on the line in late 2021. Forrestfield–Airport Link is now part of the Metronet series of projects.

 

Redcliffe

Redcliffe station will be located within a residential area at the junction of Brearley Avenue and Dunreath Drive. Station entry, ticketing and information facilities will be at ground level, with access to underground platforms by lift, escalator or stairs. Facilities at the station will include a bus/train interchange with six bus bays, 500 parking bays, and shared pedestrian and cycle pathways around the station precinct. Local heritage, culture and public art will be incorporated into the station. Skylights will filter natural light down to the platform level. Journey time by train from Redcliffe station to the CBD will be 15 minutes. Fares between Redcliffe and the CBD will be a standard one-zone ticket.

 

Airport Central

Airport Central station will be located immediately south of the control tower adjacent to Terminals 1 and 2. Access from the terminals to the underground station will be by the skybridge, a 280-metre elevated and enclosed walkway featuring travelators and lifts. From the station entry, lifts and escalators will be provided down to the concourse, where ticketing and station facilities will be located. The main escalator will be 35 metres in length and have a height of 15 metres, making it the longest single-span uninterrupted escalator in the Southern Hemisphere. Platforms will have a length of 150 metres and a width of 12.5 metres to provide space for passengers and luggage. The roof of Airport Central station is inspired by the contours of an aircraft. Natural light will be dispersed to the station and concourse levels. Art displays will feature Aboriginal heritage and culture, and these will be visible from escalators and glass lifts. Journey time by train from Airport Central station to the CBD will be 18 minutes. Fares between Airport Central and the CBD will be a standard two-zone ticket.

 

High Wycombe

High Wycombe station will be located adjacent to Dundas Road, east of the Forrestfield freight marshalling yard and south of Maida Vale Road. Original plans were for the station to be named Forrestfield, but it was changed to High Wycombe following consultation with local residents. It will be convenient to the suburbs of High Wycombe, Forrestfield, Maida Vale, Gooseberry Hill and Kalamunda. Entry to the station will be at ground level, with access to underground platforms by lift, escalator or stairs. High Wycombe station will be the end of the line. A three-level car park will provide parking for 1200 vehicles, and there will be weather-protected parking for 180 bicycles. A bus/train interchange with eight active bus bays and four layover bays will provide connections for passengers using the station who will arrive or depart by bus without having to cross any roads. Journey time by train from High Wycombe station to the central business district will be 20 minutes.

 

Metronet

www.metronet.wa.gov.au

Metronet is a series of transport infrastructure projects to meet Perth’s long-term needs, and is also the agency managing these projects. Overall, it includes construction of approximately 72 km of new passenger railways and 18 new stations. The major projects are:

  • completing the Forrestfield–Airport Link railway line

  • extension of the Thornlie line to Cockburn Central on the Mandurah line

  • extension of the Joondalup line from Butler to Yanchep

  • construction of a railway line from the existing Midland line to Morley and Ellenbrook

  • extension of suburban services from Armadale to Byford

  • construction of a new Midland railway station to replace the existing station, and extension of suburban services from Midland to Bellevue

  • construction of a new railway station at Lakelands, and in future at Karnup, on the Mandurah line

  • removal of level crossings on the existing Armadale, Midland and Fremantle lines

  • upgrading signalling and train control systems, enabling trains to operate at higher frequencies

  • procurement of 246 new electric train carriages for the Perth suburban and interurban railway network, which will be formed into 41 six-car sets, and six new diesel railcars to replace the existing Australind trains operating between Perth and Bunbury

  • upgrading of Bayswater station on the Midland line and Claremont station on the Fremantle line.

 

Thornlie–Cockburn Link

The extension of the Thornlie line to Cockburn Central on the Mandurah line will provide transport for the current and future growth areas between Mandurah and Armadale. It will provide expanded public transport options, enabling passengers to transfer between lines without travelling into the city. The project involves duplicating 3 km of track between Beckenham and Thornlie, the relocation of 11 km of exiting freight railway and the construction of 14.5 km of passenger railway. It will include new stations at Nicholson Road and Ranford Road.

 

Nicholson Road

Nicholson Road is the working name for a new station that will be built in the Canning Vale area. It will be located south-west of the current Nicholson Road bridge over the railway line.

The station will have a bus interchange and parking for 1000 vehicles.

Journey time by train from Nicholson Road station to the central business district will be 26 minutes.

 

Ranford Road

Ranford Road is the working name for a new station that will be built in the Canning Vale Industrial area. It will be located west of the current Ranford Road bridge over the railway line, although a longer and higher bridge is being built adjacent to the existing bridge.

The station will have a bus interchange and parking for 400 vehicles.

Journey time by train from Ranford Road station to the central business district will be 29 minutes.

 

Yanchep Rail Extension

Extension of the Joondalup railway line from Butler to Yanchep involves construction of 13.8 km of new railway that will provide public transport for current and future growth areas.

It will cater for more than 150,000 residents expected to live in Yanchep–Two Rocks in the future, and enable Yanchep to develop into a growing business and employment area. It will include new stations at Alkimos, Eglinton and Yanchep.

 

Alkimos

Alkimos station will be located to the east of Marmion Avenue and north of Romeo Road, in the heart of the developing Alkimos Central area. The station’s architecture has been influenced by local Noongar themes, such as the limestone pinnacles and Melaleuca huegelii.

It will be built at ground level with the two platforms in a cutting below. The station will have a bus interchange and parking for 600 vehicles. Journey time by train from Alkimos station to the central business district will be 41 minutes.

 

Eglinton

Eglinton station will be located to the east of Marmion Avenue, west of the future Mitchell Freeway and south of Pipidinny Road, within the future Eglinton District Centre development. The station’s architecture has been influenced by local flora species, such as Eucalyptus globulus woodlands and Grevillea preissii. It will be built at ground level with the two platforms in a cutting below. The station will have a bus interchange and parking for 400 vehicles. Journey time by train from Eglinton station to the central business district will be 46 minutes.

 

Yanchep

Yanchep station will be located to the north of Marmion Avenue and south of Toreopango Avenue, within the planned Yanchep City Centre development. The station’s architecture has been influenced by the Banksia menziesii and neighbouring Yanchep Caves. It will be built at ground level with the two platforms in a cutting below. The station will have a bus interchange and parking for 1000 vehicles. Journey time by train from Eglinton station to the central business district will be 49 minutes.

 

Morley–Ellenbrook Line

A new railway line is being built from Bayswater, on the existing Midland Line, to Morley and Ellenbrook. The line will be 21 km in length. From Bayswater it will be built in the middle of the Tonkin Highway to around Marshall Road. It will then proceed in an easterly direction to near Lord Street, before turning north again. The line will be laid to the west of Lord Street and Drumpellier Drive before reaching its terminus south of The Parkway in Ellenbrook. Upon completion of the line, stations will be located at Morley, Noranda, Malaga, Whiteman Park and Ellenbrook. A future station is also planned for Bennett Springs East.

 

Morley

Morley station will be located in the Tonkin Highway median and under the Broun Avenue bridge, which will be rebuilt to incorporate a bus bridge and bus interchange. The station will be at ground level and will be accessible by lifts and stairs from Broun Avenue and the bus interchange. A multi-level car park will cater for 400 vehicles. Estimated travel time between Morley and the CBD will be 15 minutes.

 

Noranda

Noranda station will be located in the Tonkin Highway median, north of Benara Road. The station will be at ground level and will be accessible by lifts and stairs from Benara Road and from a pedestrian bridge over Tonkin Highway connecting with the car park. New bus bays will be built near the station on Benara Road. A multi-level car park will cater for 400 vehicles. Estimated travel time between Noranda and the CBD will be 18 minutes.

 

Malaga

Malaga station will be located north-east of the Tonkin Highway/Marshall Road junction. It will provide transport for local suburbs as well as the Malaga industrial and employment centre. The station entrance will be at ground level, with lifts and stairs providing access to the platforms, which will be built lower. Facilities in the precinct will include the station plaza, bus interchange and parking for 1100 vehicles. Vehicle access will be from Beechboro Road North. Estimated travel time between Malaga and the CBD will be 21 minutes.

 

Bennett Springs East

Bennett Springs East is the location for a future station.

 

Whiteman Park

Whiteman Park station will be located south of the Drumpellier Drive entrance to Whiteman Park. It will service Whiteman Park and the nearby suburbs of Henley Brook, Dayton, West Swan and Brabham. The station will be elevated, built on a combination of an earth embankment and an overpass structure. It will include a bus interchange, and have parking for 900 vehicles. Estimated travel time between Whiteman Park and the CBD will be 25 minutes.

 

Ellenbrook

Ellenbrook station will be located in the town centre, south of The Parkway. It will be close to schools, retail and recreational facilities, and will provide public transport to the fast-growing Ellenbrook area. The station will be built at ground level with its entrance facing The Parkway. It will include a bus interchange and parking for 500 vehicles. Estimated travel time between Ellenbrook and the CBD will be 30 minutes.

 

New Mandurah Line Stations

Lakelands

Lakelands will be a new station between Warnbo and Mandurah, which are 23 km apart. It will be located south of Lake Valley Drive. The station will be built in a cutting, with access from a pedestrian overpass. A bus interchange will be provided.

 

Karnup

Karnup is the location for a future station between Warnbo and Mandurah, and to the north of the new Lakelands station.

 

Upgrades and relocations of existing stations

Bayswater

A new Bayswater station will be built as the junction station for the new line to Ellenbrook.

 

Claremont

Upgrading of Claremont station will include installation of a turnback, which will be used by Forrestfield–Airport Link trains, increasing service frequency to Claremont.

 

Midland

Midland station is being relocated to between Helena and Cale Streets. The new modern station will be closer to Midland Gate Shopping Centre and Midland Health Campus.

 

Byford

A new Byford station will be built around 400 metres north of Abernethy Road. It will be built at ground level within the exiting railway corridor. The Armadale Line will be extended to Byford, providing access by suburban trains between Byford and Perth CBD.

 

References

Forrestfield–Airport Link, www.forrestfieldairportlink.wa.gov.au.

Metronet, www.metronet.wa.gov.au.

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Concept image of Yanchep station. Image: Metronet.

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Concept image of Ellenbrook station. Image: Metronet.