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Sunday, 23 April 2017

Escalator Replacement Program

Escalator Replacement Program

Seven escalators at Perth Underground and Elizabeth Quay stations will be replaced as part of a $14.6m escalator replacement program. Perth Underground will also have a new additional lift installed while Elizabeth Quay Station passengers will get a new replacement lift and two new additional escalators.

To minimise disruption to passengers, the majority of work will take place at night and will be staged so that only one escalator is replaced at a time, keeping access via stairs, remaining escalators and/or lifts. 

Perth Underground Station

• Replace four escalators between the concourse and platform levels.
• Realign stairs at the Southern end of platform.
• Install new lift. 

To remove the old escalators and install the new ones, the atrium skylight at the corner of Wellington and William streets will be removed and replaced with a temporary roof.  These preparatory works will start in late April, with replacement works scheduled to start from August 2017.  As a result, the escalator between Perth Underground and Wellington Street will be closed for approximately 18 months.  The stairs at this location will be intermittently closed, however the lift will remain operational.

Elizabeth Quay Station

• Reconfigure stairwell.
• Install new lift.
• Decommission and remove existing lift.
• Install two additional escalators.
• Replace two existing escalators (these two will be removed and replaced at the same time).
• Replace existing escalator to Elizabeth Quay Bus Station.

Early works will start at Elizabeth Quay Station in May to alter the stairwell, allowing for a new lift to be installed. 

About the works

Replacing the escalators with purposely-designed heavy-duty transport escalators and installing new lifts will ensure a more reliable service for our passengers.  Both new lifts will meet the PTA’s revised lift specification to ensure improved reliability and availability, while the additional lift at Perth Underground will also provide an alternative means of accessing the platform and concourse levels.

The new escalators are bi-directional, to accommodate changing pedestrian flow and are also ‘slow-start’ for better energy efficiency.  This means that like the new escalators at Peth Station to the underpass, they slow down when nobody is on them and gently increase to normal operating speed when they detect people coming onto them.  They also have an additional lead-in step to provide improved safety.

Each escalator will take approximately four months to replace and the PTA will stage the works to minimise disruption. 

The full upgrade project is expected to be complete in late 2018.

In December 2016, the PTA completed a project to replace six lifts and 14 escalators at Joondalup, Whitfords, Warwick, Stirling, Glendalough and Perth stations.

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