New railway station will help revitalise Gosnells
The new Gosnells Station, the latest product of the State Government's 'Building Better Train Stations' program, will be officially opened today by Planning and Infrastructure Minister Alannah MacTiernan.
The $8.8million station is about 300m on the Perth side of the existing station. It becomes operational at 11.56am and the old station - including its pedestrian level crossings - will be closed from 11.30am.
Ms MacTiernan said today that moving the station was a key part of the plan to revitalise the heart of Gosnells because it enabled Stalker Road to be extended across the rail lines to open up the Main Street precinct.
"This is in keeping with the principle of encouraging revitalisation and development around transport hubs which underlies 'Building Better Train Stations'," the Minister said.
"It is also a key component of the City of Gosnells' Town Centre Revitalisation Scheme and input from the City and Gosnells Mayor Cr Pat Morris was invaluable.
"Planning for the station was carried out by the Public Transport Authority in conjunction with the City of Gosnells, which contributed about $375,000 to the project.
"This is another example of the Gallop Government improving the quality of services to all Western Australians, wherever they live.
The opening is being celebrated with a community event - including a special train, refreshments and entertainment - starting at 10.30am. The special train (a non-stop round trip to Armadale) will depart at 11.40am.
At the same time, Transperth bus services (routes 210, 211, 228, 231 and 232) will start operating from the bus facility on the Wheatley Street side of the new station.
The Main Street level crossing will become operational from 9am, at which time the Verna Street level crossing will be closed to traffic (the pedestrian level crossing at Verna Street will remain open).
The last trains leave the existing station on Sunday at 11.26am (to Armadale) and 11.27am (to Perth). The first scheduled services from the new station are at 11.56am (to Armadale) and 11.57am (to Perth).