Claremont Train Station Upgrade
Project Manager: Perth Transport Authority
Date of Update: August 2019
The Town has been in negotiation with the PTA on the Claremont Train Station Upgrade Project since early 2018. Claremont Station was identified as the best option for the run backs (to support the Forrestfield-Airport Link) due to numerous factors such as timing, adequate land and the layout of the existing train line infrastructure.
During this time the PTA has proposed iterations of the new infrastructure required to support the Metronet Project. The initial plans presented to the Town included the following key features:
- Installation of two turn backs on the train line.
- Extension of the current platform east to accommodate a long term increase in carriages four to six car sets.
- Construction of a new station consisting of a new pedestrian bridge and lift structures east of the existing platform.
- Removal of the existing heritage connection from the existing pedestrian bridge.
- Closure of both the western and eastern at-grade pedestrian crossings.
- No additional bridge or tunnel connections to assist cycle access across the railway line.
The Town raised a number of concerns with the PTA concerning these proposals, inclusive of breaking the natural connection north and south of the railway with the Town Centre at the existing heritage bridge. The proposals were considered to negatively impact on both the residents and the operation of the Town Centre.
In June 2019, the Town received advice from the PTA that they would decouple the project, meaning that the Project would now be delivered in two stages in 2 stages, given more time and thought for the proposed overpass connection.
Turn backs (required for the Metronet Project), with the addition of a bus interchange east of the station and underpass west of the station together with initial retention of an eastern at-grade crossing (original crossing to be moved approximately 10 metres east)
Overpass and connection from north to south, as well as platform connection involving a review of the heritage bridge connection as a priority to the proposed eastern bridge.
What this means to the Town & our residents
At-grade pedestrian crossings
The initial proposal to close both crossings has been reviewed in light of the agreement from the PTA to decouple the project to allow further investigation in the use of the existing heritage bridge (with Heritage Council support for any necessary modifications) as the primary access point for the station as opposed to a new structure to the east of the station. This will allow for the ongoing use of the eastern at grade crossing at least until such stage that the platform needs to be extended to accommodate two additional carriages (in approximately 5-10 years’ time). At that stage, the eastern crossing may be removed or relocated (to be determined), however in that instance it is likely that the Town will pursue the relocation option.
Pedestrian tunnel / bridge
A number of options for a new pedestrian bridge or tunnel have been analysed by both the Town and PTA. The assessment has taken into account logical connections north and south of the railway line, need to maintain cyclist linkages, open and visible connections, grade separation between the tracks and adjacent footpaths, security in design, impact on existing servicing infrastructure, costs and ongoing maintenance and responsibility. A site has been identified for a tunnel situated approximately 200 metres west of the station to facilitate pedestrian and cycle access. Although the entry/exit does not connect well with any existing entry points, or walkways, it remains the only viable option for consideration. The Town is still discussing option with PTA funding and cost implications relative to future maintenance obligations and responsibilities.
The PTA proposed a bus interchange east of the station which are considered to have significant impacts on local residents and grass trees located along Gugeri Street. The Town is also attempting to negotiate an alternative location for the bus station on Gugeri Street in its present location. Initial discussions on options have been received positively by the PTA and are progressing to the development of further design details to facilitate this outcome.
For further information on this project please contact:
Perth Transport Authority (PTA)
Simon Ayres, Senior Project Manager
Tel: (08) 9326 2306
Whitney Williamson, Project Communications Officer | Corporate Communications
Tel: (08) 9326 2110
Town of Claremont
David Vinicombe – Director Planning & Development
(08) 9285 4300
Map of Area / Project Plan
Claremont Train Station Upgrade Project – elements under review
Current proposal for bus interchange (under review)