Avenue of dreams
THE Denny Avenue level crossing is set for a dramatic overhaul.
The notorious problem spot, which took out the top ranking in the RAC’s Risky Roads survey earlier this year, will be the first of four rail level crossings to be removed as part of a $2.3 billion State and Federal government infrastructure package.
The grade separation will allow trains and traffic to move at different heights, easing congestion and crashes around Denny Avenue, Albany Highway, Railway Avenue and Streich Avenue.
“It’ll be an incredible improvement in quality of life,” Armadale MLA Tony Buti said. “It’s actually hard to emphasise what a barrier this is for people trying to go across the railway line in either direction; people won’t spend 20 minutes a day trying to get Left: Armadale MLA Tony Buti, Transport Minister Rita Saffioti, and Darling Range MLA Barry Urban at the Denny Avenue level crossing (right).
across the railway line.
“I don’t want to overblow it, but it’s the biggest announcement in the local area in infrastructure since the Champion Lakes development.”
The project is set to start in the 2018-19 financial year, with 3245 jobs expected to be created.
Transport Minister Rita Saffioti said the project would
work towards a more integrated Kelmscott city centre feel,.
“Now the process is to work with the MRA (Metropolitan Redevelopment Authority), because the MRA owns some land in this area,” she said. “We’ll develop the area and finalise the plan, which won’t only see the separation of road and rail but significant redevelopment for the entire area.”