7/03/2012

Perth Station's future unveiled



Perth Station is undergoing its biggest change since electrification with a major underground pedestrian connection set to make life easier for passengers.

The station’s upgrade will help cater to the city’s growing public transport needs and improve passenger connections. Work on the underpass, which will provide an underground pedestrian link between all
platforms, started in January and is due for completion in 2014.

Artist impressions, released in January 2012, show sculptural skylights on the platforms as the underpass’ key feature, adding a contemporary layer to the station’s history. The skylights will also play an important role in providing natural lighting and ventilation to the underpass.

Perth City Link Rail Alliance architects, GreenhilLi, have designed the underpass to continue the feeling from
Perth Underground Station, but show an obvious distinction between the new work and old buildings on the platform-level in Perth Station.

GreenhilLi Director, Nigel Greenhill, said the aim was to complement the heritage building by using some similar materials but also to make the new architecture fresh.

“You have to respect the heritage. The new works need to be sympathetic, but they shouldn’t try to be what they’re not,” he said.

By 2031, it’s estimated that more than 22,000 people will use the underpass each day, more than double the numbers who transfer between Perth Station platforms and Perth Underground Station today.

To maintain passenger safety, part of Platform 5 has been closed to allow stage one of the underpass to be built, due for completion in mid-2012. A temporary pathway has been put in place for passengers.

Another change for Perth Station is a new track on the Roe Street side of Platform 9 (Midland Line), to ensure the station can cater to future growth and special events.