Midland on the move
FUNDS TO SHIFT TRAIN STATION
PLANS to move Midland train station near the hospital are on track after the State Government’s first budget, with a $28.2 million commitment locked in as part of the Metronet promise.
The new rail-bus transit hub will involve building a train station on land at Cale Street and Railway Parade, and extending the line to Bellevue.
Initial funding will pay for the planning and design of the Midland and Bellevue stations and assist in land purchases for the Bellevue extension.
A timeline for the entire construction is expected on completion of the plans and finalisation of the costs.
The State Government will seek more Federal funding through the $10 billion National Rail Program and from land sales as the project moves forward.
Premier Mark McGowan made the promise to relocate Midland station in February when he said construction would start in the first term of government at a cost of $79m.
He said the station’s current location did not maximise access to the hospital, railway workshops and shopping precincts, and the station move would create 283 West Australian jobs.
While plans are at the conceptual stage, Transport Minister Rita Saffioti said she envisaged the new station would be of a standard and design befitting a strategic metropolitan centre.
“The new Midland station will be better connected to the town centre and key employment areas, such as the hospital and revitalised workshops precinct,” she said.
Saffioti said the Bellevue extension would serve the growing Hills and foothills communities.
“This means residents in Midland, Bellevue, Stratton and Hills can look forward to being connected to the expanded Metronet system to get to places like the new Perth Stadium, Yanchep and the airport,” she said.
Midland train station is moving.