The Western Australian Government has revealed the design for the first level crossing removal for METRONET at Denny Avenue, with work expected to begin in 2019.
An underpass and elevated rail line at the parallel Davis Road is the preferred solution to remove the level crossing on Denny Avenue—a 170-m road that has seen 154 crashes in five years.
The 2018-19 State Budget included $69 million to remove the level crossing to improve safety for drivers, cyclists and pedestrians on one of Western Australia’s most dangerous roads and removing risks to rail operations.
Premier, Mark McGowan, said, “This is another METRONET election commitment being delivered, one that will improve safety, enhance the town centre and provide a boost to local jobs during construction.
“Denny Avenue is one of the most dangerous level crossings on our rail network and it drives locals mad.”
The Kelmscott community and local commuters will benefit from improved traffic connections between Albany Highway, major retail precincts, schools, community services and transport connections.
The new east-west road connection at Davis Road will require the rail line to be elevated slightly in this area to accommodate the underpass. A parallel principal shared path will be built alongside the railway to provide safe pedestrian and cycling connections in the community.
The Davis Road option offers the best solution for train and road operations, public safety, community outcomes and cost, and was chosen following thorough analysis with stakeholders.
Tenders for construction will be released in the coming months, with detailed design and construction to commence shortly after the awarding of the contract.
The METRONET team has also been given direction to consider a range of town centre improvements that can be achieved within the project scope.