Western Australia Minister for Transport Rita Saffioti
Site Chosen For METRONET’s Midland Railway Station Relocation
Victor P Taffa
- New Midland Railway Station to be built between Helena and Cale streets
- Railway Station to be better integrated with Midland’s growing commercial centre
- Business case now complete
- McGowan Government election commitment being delivered for Midland
McGowan Government has confirmed the location for Midland’s new railway station in another key METRONET milestone for Perth’s eastern suburbs.
“METRONET is not just about creating new rail lines, it’s also about reinvigorating existing stations and infrastructure to provide the community with well-designed places that support walking, cycling and public transport.” Minister for Transport Rita Saffioti said.
“New Midland Station will make it easier for commuters, local businesses and residents to connect to public transport.”
Midland’s current 51-year-old station will be replaced with a new facility between Helena and Cale streets, bringing it closer to the heart of Midland, Midland Health Campus and the Workshops precinct.
New railway station will include:
- 3 platforms,
- Bicycle facilities,
- Car park,
- New bus interchange,
- New shared path.
“A new Midland railway station has been needed for a long time.” Midland MLA Michelle Roberts said.
“I’m delighted that the McGowan Government is now making it a reality.”
To make way for the new station, the old Helena Street level crossing will be closed and another crossing created at Cale Street which will connect through to Centennial Place.
Growth in freight rail operations and the number of trains travelling to the new railway station would mean that if the Helena Street crossing remained open, the boom gates would be down for extensive periods of time.
Crossing planned at Cale Street will have fewer trains operating through it, meaning reduced closure time and improved local connectivity.
Now that the site is locked in, planning will focus on the finer details of the project such as station layout and design in preparation for procurement and construction. The business case for the project has been submitted to Infrastructure Australia and the project definition plan will be completed in mid-2020.
Also, construction will start on the new 12,000 sqm railcar manufacturing and assembly facility in Bellevue in the first half of this year.
Planning will continue for a future rail extension to Bellevue, which would be delivered in the next stage of the McGowan Government’s METRONET transformation of Perth’s rail network.