Perth’s new train station that will provide a direct connection for the northern suburbs to the city’s new Optus Stadium is now complete with the first passengers expected to board in early 2018.

Perth Stadium Station is the second biggest train stop on the network after Perth, and will be capable of moving big crowds to and from stadium events on high-frequency trains.

Located between Claisebrook and Burswood on the Armadale Line, the new Perth Stadium Station features six platforms, 11 lifts and nearby stowage for 117 railcars.

The station design is intended to complement Optus Stadium and has similar special-event LED lighting that can be lit up in different colours and patterns.

Fremantle, Joondalup and Armadale Line passengers will have direct special event services to the stadium, with Midland Line passengers encouraged to catch the train to East Perth and walk across Windan Bridge, or change services in the city.

Train services from the station will be able to move about 28,000 fans within an hour of an event ending.

Other stadium visitors are expected to use bus services, principal shared paths and the Matagarup Bridge upon its completion in May 2018.

Many visitors are also expected to stay in the area to visit entertainment offerings in the precinct.

Transperth recently tested train and bus special-event arrangements in preparation for the opening of the stadium.

QLD Premier, Mark McGowan, said the new stadium was an “excellent piece of infrastructure”.

QLD Minister for Transport, Rita Saffioti, said the project involved a coordinated response from various transport agencies and departments to ensure the network runs as smoothly as possible for event days.

“As METRONET expands, particularly the Thornlie-Cockburn Link, access to the stadium will become far easier with people along the Mandurah Line gaining a far better connection direct to the stadium station without having to come into the city and change train lines,” Ms Saffioti said.

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