Red flag over some level cross­ings

Western Suburbs Weekly - - News - By JON BAS­SETT

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.

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