THE notorious Bayswater rail bridge will be raised by one metre to stop trucks getting jammed underneath it.
The alteration is part of a $146 million state government project that will overhaul the Bayswater train station.
Under the over-arching Metronet strategy, the station will be turned into a hub connecting the Forrestfield-Airport link and the Morley-Ellenbrook line.
The 3.8m King William Street bridge is regularly hit by trucks, with a local website that tracks accidents listing 11 so far this year.
Premier Mark McGowan described the bridge as “notorious” and said it “has trapped at least 20 trucks since I have been premier”.
Sinking the line was ruled out as too costly by the state government in April, which also baulked at closing the station for a year.
There’ll be more open space around the bridge, with a second public space planned for the intersection of Whatley Crescent and Hamilton Street.
“Along with creating a junction for our new Metronet lines, it will pump vibrancy and activity into the Bayswater town centre to support more jobs and local businesses,” Mr McGowan said.
Bayswater mayor Dan Bull said the city was “delighted” by the concept plans.
“The city hopes to work with the state government to minimise the impact on businesses during the construction phase by addressing parking needs and enticing visitors to the town centre through events and other placemaking initiatives,”Mr Bull said.
The state government hopes to award the contract and start construction in late 2019, with completion scheduled for 2021.
There are info drop-in sessions planned for December 11 at the Bayswater Seniors Centre (27 King William Street) at 5pm and another on January 19 at 9am at Bayswater primary school.
by DAVID BELL