Welcome to the March project update
Signalling and rail systems have been the flavour of the month, with significant progress made towards integrating the Airport Line during mid-February’s Midland Line shutdown. The signalling system is now connected to the wider network, completing an important step towards test trains running on the line.
Did you know that the signalling on the Airport Line is bidirectional? This means that trains can travel in both directions in the tunnels if needed. If one tunnel is out of action, trains can continue to operate in the other tunnel with minimal impact on passengers.
Bayswater Junction is live
February’s three-day shutdown enabled a 800m-long section of the overhead line equipment at Bayswater Junction to become live, making it officially part of the rail network.
Away from the tracks, anti-graffiti coating is being applied to sections of the dive structure.
Much of the attention has shifted to demobilisation works. Equipment and materials are being removed from site, and concrete slabs are being broken up where plant and offices once stood.
Those in the area may notice works taking place within our site boundary this weekend, as our neighbours at the New Bayswater Station project will be installing some of the new station’s required rail infrastructure. To do these works, Midland Line trains will be cancelled from the evening of Friday 11 March to last service Sunday 13 March.
Park your bike and grab a coffee at Redcliffe
It’s good news for those who plan on riding to Redcliffe Station, with the bike shelters now more than 95 per cent complete. The innovative shelf system, recently introduced to the Transperth network, allows more bikes to fit into a smaller area – 96 bikes will fit into these two shelters.
After riding and locking up your bike you deserve a treat, and the station’s kiosk is where you will be able to grab a coffee or a snack before continuing your journey – how convenient! With glazing now installed, the kiosk is getting ready for fit-out.
Airport Central’s royalty has landed
Seven Snow Queen Coolibah trees have settled into their new home at Airport Central Station, joined by a range of natives. As the trees are partially undercover, retic has been installed to keep the queens and her following well hydrated.
Inside the building commissioning works continue to be the focus, with testing of vertical transport infrastructure taking place at platform and concourse levels.
Tiling of the connection between the Skybridge and station is also complete, which at more than 15m wide will fit passengers and their luggage with ease.
Take a seat at High Wycombe
There are several places to sit at High Wycombe Station – here’s the outdoor version! Located in the station forecourt, bench seating features well-spaced handrails so that you can sit and stand with ease.
You will also be able to take a seat while waiting for the bus without needing to worry about the weather, with glass walls around the bus shelters providing protection from the elements.
Further to the north, users of Maida Vale Road may have noticed some bright new signs, with directional signage to the multi-deck car park now standing tall. That takes the signage tally to 95 per cent.