The Western Australian Planning Commission recently sought comment on a development application put forth by ALUA, the contractor completing the works on Victoria Park-Canning Level Crossing Removal project.
The development application was the first in a series, and covers the construction of the proposed viaduct, or elevated railway, between:
- Mint Street and Biggs Street in the Town of Victoria Park
- Mills Street and Gibbs Street in the City of Canning
The development application was open for public comment from 19 October 2022 to 3 November 2022. More information including all relevant documents can be found on the Department of Planning, Lands and Heritage's consultation website here.
NOTE: Whilst the Town received lodgement of the Development Application, it will not be the determining authority. The Town will provide a recommendation to the Department of Planning, Lands and Heritage, which will make the final decision.
Proposed stations and landscaping will be included as part of future development applications.
Early works underway
With the stations and related infrastructure now fixed and the Armadale Line Upgrade Alliance selected to remove the Victoria Park-Canning level crossings, the next stage is focusing on detailed design, architecture and the features of the public space created by elevating the rail.
New elevated stations will be built at Carlisle, Oats Street, Queens Park and Cannington to enable safer and improved rail connections to schools and businesses.
Early design work for the stations and related infrastructure has been shaped by stakeholder and community feedback, and includes:
- Single elevated rail structures to minimise visual clutter and street-level impacts, and maximise public open space and landscaping.
- Relocation of Carlisle Station entrance closer to Mint/Archer Street to improve local connections.
- Station entrances on either side of Oats Street for easy and safe access to the station and new bus interchange.
- A ground-level principal shared path along the rail line for easy access to stations and surrounding areas.
- Maintaining existing parking at all stations. Parking at Welshpool Station will be redistributed between neighbouring stations.
- Dedicated areas of activity in the public open space, with a strong emphasis on native planting.
Early work on these and other projects along the Armadale line is already underway.
Site preparation works
Residents near the rail corridor may have noticed the beginning of preparations for site works recently around station platforms, level crossings and bus interchange locations.
In late 2022, METRONET began site preparation works entailing installation of temporary fencing, collection of soil and pavement samples to better understand the ground composition, various earthworks, pruning and clearing of vegetation where necessary, drilling underneath the railway and the construction of hardstand in preparation for machinery to operate on.
- Corner of Oats and Banks Streets
- Between Oats Street and Welshpool Road
- Carlisle Station
- Rutland Ave intersection, north of Mint Street
- Rutland Ave, Cohn Street, Bank Street, Milford Street and Wakefield Street intersections
- Rutland Ave near Welshpool Road intersection
What to expect
- Every effort to minimise disruption
- Possible increased noise, vibrations and dust
- Removal of some trees and tree pruning (trees removed will be replaced, transferred or repurposed in line with METRONET's tree retention strategy)
- Access restrictions to some residential driveways and businesses. Directly impacted properties will be contacted prior to starting work.
- Traffic detours during road and path closures
Who to contact
METRONET project contacts are available on:
- 9326 3666 during business hours, or
- 0475 228 618 after hours
For more information, see METRONET's latest works notification document here(PDF, 817KB) or head over to METRONET's project webpage here.
Western Power works
As part of removing the level crossings, Western Power’s overhead transmission lines will be moved out of the rail corridor to make room for future works and the elevated rail infrastructure.
This will be delivered in two stages:
Stage One - underground transmission power and remove 10 large lattice towers north of Oats Street. These are the high voltage power lines on steel towers and steel poles.
Stage Two - options are being considered to consolidate transmission lines south of Oats Street Station, which may impact some distribution assets. Design work is currently underway.
Read more on the Western Power Fact Sheet.
Power line relocation (until early-2023)
Underground cabling will be installed along Beatty Avenue, Swansea, Withnell and Somerset streets in East Victoria Park.
- fencing off a section of John Bissett Park for use as a laydown area
- removing the road surface
- digging trenches
- installing cabling
- resurfacing the road.
Works will occur in 100m sections to minimise disruption to residents and traffic management will be in place as traffic will be reduced to single lane in work areas.
The bulk of works on the Victoria Park-Canning Level Crossing Removal project will coincide with a shutdown of the Armadale line for up to 18 months in late 2023.
METRONET has said the delay in beginning the shutdown (originally scheduled for earlier in 2023) is necessary given workforce and supply chain issues, and to allow more time to prepare for the increased scope of the level crossing removal project, which will now include the removal of the William Street level crossing and an elevated Beckenham Station in the City of Gosnells.
During the shutdown, it is intended that the line will continue to operate between Victoria Park Station and the CBD, including Stadium Station. Train replacement services will be determined as part of the planning process.
For further information on the shutdown, visit Building For Tomorrow.