Red flag over some level crossings
THERE are community concerns that western suburbs train stations could be closed while dangerous level crossings stay open.
“Is the council aware that Swanbourne train station will be closed due to Department of Transport logic and analysis?” Cottesloe resident Rosalin Sadler asked, arguing against proposed apartments near the station at a special Town of Cottesloe meeting last week.
Chief executive Mat Humfry said while the council was aware the Public Transport Authority (PTA) had said it was looking at the future of Fremantle line stations, it was not aware of any plan for closures.
Earlier this month, the PTA confirmed it was examining “underperforming or inefficient” stations on the Fremantle, Armadale and Midland lines, after Bayswater Cr Stephanie Coates said Meltham and Mt Lawley stations would be targeted because they had 524 and 325 passengers daily respectively, compared to 1516 at Maylands and 1833 at Bayswater.
PTA spokesman David Hynes said there were no present plans to close any stations but the authority was examining the standards of level crossings and stations’ disabled access, and scenarios had been conducted on how the Midland line operated with the new Forrestfield-Airport Link.
“As a result, a number of different scenarios have been postulated, some of which could take into account the implications of closing of underperforming or inefficient stations,” Mr Hynes said, but the Fremantle Line was not in the scenarios.
PTA figures for three years show three near-misses between cars and trains at the Salvado Road crossing in Cottesloe, making it the worst for that type of incident in 31 crossings across Perth.
Salvado Street crosses a corridor presently subject to a Department of Transport traffic study. However, the crossings at Salvado Street, Cottesloe and Victoria Street, Mosman Park, where a train hit a removal truck last year, are 10th and 11th in a list of 12 crossings the PTA wants altered or closed.