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Midland Station precinct set to become safer


Midland Station is set to become safer with the relocation of the pedestrian crossing at the end of the platform, further to the west.

The closure of the existing crossing coincides with the introduction of the Public Transport Authority’s new SmartRider ticketing system which, according to Transperth Trains General Manager Pat Italiano, will see safety and security stepped up at Midland and across the whole rail system.

“No one will be able to get on to the platform at Midland without a ticket,” Mr Italiano said.

“With a single entry point at the main entrance, our Transit Guards will be better able to control and monitor patrons on the platform.

“It will also minimise the temptation for passengers to jump the crossing gate and rush for a train – a very dangerous practice which sometimes happens at the moment.

“Instead, local residents will soon have a new crossing in a much safer location.”

He said the PTA had worked closely with the Midland Redevelopment Authority on the whole question of maintaining access across the rail corridor – the closure of the existing crossing and its relocation.

Members of both organisations and representatives from the City of Swan, the Swan Chamber of Commerce, Westnet Rail, the Woodbridge Ratepayers’ Association and the local community attended a risk workshop last October to discuss the closure and relocation.

MRA acting CEO Megan Bartle said moving the crossing about 100m west of the station was the best option.

“We are pleased with the planned new location, which will link the Woodbridge Lakes residential area directly to the city centre and Midland Station,” she said.

“The new design will include improved lighting and security, and a possible new entry statement to the precinct.”

Ms Bartle said the MRA would continue to work with the PTA to help deliver a revitalised station for Midland.

The new crossing will be operational by early 2007.

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