It’s full steam ahead for the Metronet Midland Station with the release of the concept station designs and Project Definition Plan (PDP). The Metronet project will replace Midland’s aging 52-year-old station with a modern new facility between Helena and Cale streets, better integrating the station with the surrounding area and bringing it closer to Midland Gate Shopping Centre and Midland Health Campus.
The station’s contemporary design will incorporate three platforms catering for up to six-cars, a publically-accessible pedestrian overpass connecting both sides of the railway and green community spaces.
The Helena Street level crossing will be closed, and replaced with one at Cale Street to allow efficient traffic movements to continue.
The newly-released PDP outlines the station design, and how it will integrate with the surrounding Midland town centre, including Development WA’s Metronet East-Midland Project.
The new station will be delivered through an alliance, with a Request for Proposal process underway. The contract is expected to be awarded in mid-2021.
Federal Minister for Population, Cities and Urban Infrastructure Alan Tudge said Metronet was paving the way for thousands of jobs for hard-working Western Australians and providing an economic boost for the WA economy. Mr Tudge said:
“All along the Morrison Government has said that Metronet will re-shape Perth and today’s concept designs show us how that transformation will take shape. It also means jobs right now and critical, targeted infrastructure for generations to come.”
Western Australian Transport Minister Rita Saffioti said the new Midland Station was a McGowan Government election commitment and would help reinvigorate the growing area. She said:
“The new Midland Station will be modern, practical and easy to access, connecting well with surrounding businesses, the Midland health campus and homes. The new station will also link to Metronet’s Bellevue Depot, making it the first landmark our brand new C-Series trains will pass through on their way to regular service on the network. A Request for Proposal process is currently underway with a contract expected to be awarded in mid-2021. This project has been talked about for decades and we are now getting on with the job.”
Federal Member for Hasluck, Ken Wyatt AM MP said the new Midland Station will make a significant difference for local residents. Mr Wyatt said:
“The new station will make it easier for people coming from the hills and foothills to access the rail line. This will make a big difference for all members of our community, especially those who use public transport to get to work or school. The $2.3 billion investment by the Morrison Government has enabled all levels of Government to work together on developing the future of our local infrastructure. By investing in our local infrastructure, we are unlocking the eastern corridor to support tourism and local development opportunities.”
State Member for Midland Michelle Roberts has been a passionate driver of the project and said she was pleased to be delivering on one of her key election commitments. She said:
“This modern new station will replace the existing ageing infrastructure, and reinforces the McGowan Government’s commitment to Midland and the eastern suburbs. We’ve brought train manufacturing back, and are delivering a world-class training facility at Midland TAFE to ensure locals have access to the jobs that come with our exciting Metronet projects. This new station will much better link Midland with the civic precinct, including Midland Gate Shopping Centre, the Hospital and Curtin University’s Midland campus. Midland will have a modern new station together with new community forecourts and options for future mixed-use developments.”