Work is underway to ensure that all pedestrian level crossings across the Transperth network are fully compliant with current Disability and Discrimination Act (DDA) standards.
The $18 million pedestrian level crossing upgrade program will see the upgrade of all Public Transport Authority (PTA) pedestrian level crossings over a five year period, to maintain safety and improve accessibility for all community members. Work will involve upgrading crossing features including lighting, pathways, manoeuvring and passing areas, and tactile paving.
The program will not include removal or closure of any existing pedestrian level crossings.
Twenty pedestrian level crossings will be upgraded throughout 2019; 10 of these upgrades are now complete (as of August 2019). Pedestrians will still be able to use these crossings as normal while work is underway.
Work is also continuing on the METRONET Level Crossing Removal project. This will see the removal of the (road) level crossing at Denny Avenue in Kelmscott, and options investigated for the removal of crossings at Oats Street (Carlisle), Wharf Street (Cannington), and Caledonian Avenue (Maylands). The current pedestrian level crossing upgrade program is not part of the METRONET Level Crossing Removal project.
Pedestrian level crossing upgrade program: 2019 upgrades (click graphic to enlarge)
Pedestrian level crossings on the Transperth network
The PTA is responsible for 100 pedestrian level crossings across the Perth metropolitan area on the Fremantle, Midland and Armadale lines. All crossings within the electrified Transperth network are fitted with the highest level of control, known as active controls, which include flashing lights and audible alarms to alert pedestrians of approaching trains, as well as gates to prevent access onto the tracks.
While pedestrian level crossings are safe if used correctly, they are considered the most significant hazard on any railway network due to either accidental or deliberate misuse. Until pedestrian level crossings are removed from the network, the PTA will continue to ensure their safe management, maintenance, and operation.