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.
Thirteen pedestrian level crossings were upgraded throughout 2019. In 2020, sixteen pedestrian level crossings have been completed. Croke Lane & Meltham Station are expected to be complete by the end of the year.
Work is set to commence on the following pedestrian level crossings before the end of the calendar year:
- Moore Street (East)
- Armadale Road (North & South)
- Stalker Road
- Jarrad Street
- Forrest Road
- Armadale Station
- Lake Road
- Larsen Road
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, Mint Street (East Victoria Park), Oats Street (Carlisle), and Welshpool Road (Welshpool), and options investigated for the removal of crossings at Hamilton Street (Queens Park), Wharf Street (Cannington), William Street (Beckenham) 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: 2020 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.