IT’S actually happening.
This week the state government called for a builder partner to upgrade Bayswater train station as part of Metronet.
“We’re getting on with the Bayswater station upgrade, a key part of this government’s Metronet plan for connected suburbs,” transport minister Rita Saffioti announced.
“Bayswater is a strategic location on our rail network, with the Forrestfield-Airport Link set to spur off the Midland Line in this location, along with the future Morley-Ellenbrook Line.
“Bayswater is a thriving inner-suburbs community that will be bolstered further by the addition of this new activity centre around the train station.
“This significant upgrade to the station, along with raising the notorious bridge over the King William Street/Coode Street underpass, will further improve the amenity of the area.
“The upgraded station will increase the attractiveness of public transport and help facilitate sensible new development in an already desirable suburb.”
Maylands MP Lisa Baker said the project “is set to have huge flow-on benefits for Bayswater.
”I hope the successful contractor will work closely with stakeholder groups and work hard to minimise the short-term impact on the community,” she said.
It was also announced this week that the nearby One Foyle Road apartment project, by JCM Construction, has partnered with the state government to make two of the 17 apartments into public housing; in line with the Metronet plan to have more affordable housing around public transport hubs.
The other 15 will be for sale at market value, but are still intended to be on the affordable end.
State housing minister Peter Tinley said in his announcement: “The Foyle Road development will provide a much-needed boost to housing diversity in Bayswater.”
The station upgrade tender is up now at tenders.wa.gov.au and the deadline is May 23.
by DAVID BELL