Federal funding secured for Beckenham elevated station and William Street level crossing removal
Thursday 3 November
Joint media statement
Federal Minister for Infrastructure Catherine King and Western Australian Transport Minister Rita Saffioti have today visited Beckenham Station, which will now become an elevated station with $87.5 million in funding in the October Federal Budget.
The funding was promised in the lead up to the election, and has confirmed the funding in last week's Budget.
The State Government has also committed $87.5 million towards the project.
The funding to elevate the station will also see the removal of the William Street level crossing.
The works will form part of a broader program, which will now see the removal of six level crossings and the construction of five new elevated stations.
The project will significantly ease congestion along the Armadale Line, where some boom gates are down for several hours every day.
On average, the William Street level crossing closes 266 times every day, resulting in the boom gates delaying traffic for a total of three hours and 43 minutes.
The new elevated rail line will also generate new opportunities for development and public open space as land previously occupied by the rail line becomes available.
The Federal Budget also included investment in a number of other additional projects for Western Australia, including:
- $125 million for electric bus charging infrastructure and depots;
- $400 million to seal the Tanami Road;
- $35 million for an interchange at Nicholson Road and Garden Street;
- $15 million for the Flynn Drive upgrade; and
- $7.25 million for the Gnangara Road upgrade.
Planning for the Victoria Park-Canning Level Crossing Removal and Byford Rail Extension projects is continuing, with the 18-month Armadale Line shut scheduled to begin in late 2023.
Minister's office - 6552 5500