$160m to be spent replacing, relocating 51-year-old Midland train station
The ageing Midland train station will be demolished and replaced with a new station nearby at a cost of about $160 million.
The new station will be located between Helena and Cale streets, with “early works” to start this year and an expected completion date of late 2022 or mid-2023.
But there is still no timeframe or cost for the McGowan Government’s promised extension of the Midland line to Bellevue, almost three after Labor came to power.
As part of the new Midland station project, the Helena Street level crossing will be closed and another crossing created at Cale Street, which will connect to Centennial Place.
Relocating the station further east was required to electrify rail lines to Bellevue, where a new railcar manufacturing and assembly facility is to be built.
Ms Saffioti said a business case for the new Midland station had been submitted to Infrastructure Australia and a project definition plan would be completed by the middle of this year.
The Federal Government had already committed $80 million to the project and Transport Minister Rita Saffioti said the $80 million cost to the State would be new money in the next State budget.
The existing 51-year-old station will remain operational during most of the construction of its replacement, but Ms Saffioti warned there “will be impacts” to services.
Redevelopment plans for the old station, potentially to include housing and parking, will be drawn-up in conjunction with the City of Swan.
Midland’s Labor MP Michelle Roberts said the new location would serve both sides of the railway, connecting to the town centre and shopping centre, as well as the redevelopment around the old workshops.
City of Swan Mayor Kevin Bailey said the announcement continued “the rise and rise of Midland as a major strategic centre”.