Works will begin in late-August 2018 to remove three redundant platforms along the Fremantle Line, south of Fremantle Station. The project involves the demolition of unused platforms and associated infrastructure (including ramps, retaining structures, and lighting) at:
- South Beach – adjacent to Ocean Drive, South Fremantle,
- Success Harbour – adjacent to the intersection of Marine Terrace and Capo D’Orlando Drive, South Fremantle, and
- The Esplanade – between Mews Road and Esplanade Park, Fremantle.
The three platforms were built in the mid-1980s for use during the America’s Cup yacht race held in Fremantle. The adjacent rail line (non-electrified) is not part of the existing passenger network, though continues to be used for freight operations.
Removal of the ageing platforms is needed to maintain public safety, and prevent damage to the rail reserve.
Following demolition works, existing rail reserve fencing will be extended to encompass the footprint of each removed platform. These areas will be reinstated to match the surrounding rail reserve.
Works are expected to begin at South Beach in the last week of August, progressing north to finish at The Esplanade in October 2018.