- Concepts for new public open spaces along Armadale Line released for first time
- Up to six hectares of new public open space will be created with removal of six level crossings and elevation of rail line
- Concepts include nature playgrounds, fitness zones, basketball courts, skate parks, cycling and running paths, and public art
- Concept designs have been informed by extensive early community engagement
- Formal public comment for the new public open spaces is now open
New design images showing concepts for major new public open spaces have been released for the first time, as part of planning for the jointly funded Federal and State METRONET Victoria Park-Canning Level Crossing Removal project.
Up to six hectares of new public space will be created by removing six level crossings on the Armadale Line and replacing them with an elevated rail between Victoria Park and Beckenham.
The concept designs showcase a range of new public amenities including playgrounds, fitness zones, basketball courts, skate parks, new walking and cycling paths, public art, and activation spaces for community activities and events.
The new design images have been released as part of the Development Application for the Carlisle and Oats Steet Station precincts.
The project will also see five new elevated stations built at Oats Street, Carlisle, Queens Park, Cannington and Beckenham, which will integrate with the local community through architecture and design.
The high-level concept designs were workshopped and refined by incorporating feedback from local government, community reference groups and the broader community on what they would like to see around these stations.
The designs have now been submitted for formal public comment and approval by the Western Australian Planning Commission.
A public comment period is now open for 21 days along the Town of Victoria Park section of the project which includes Oats Street and Carlisle stations.
The community can have their say on the DA at the DPLH website.
Concept designs for the City of Canning section will be released in coming months with a formal advertised public comment period. This area covers Queens Park and Cannington stations and surrounding areas.
As stated by Transport Minister Rita Saffioti:
“A lot of the focus of this project has understandably been on the significant improvements we will see to traffic flow in these communities with the removal of level crossings, but elevating the rail is going to deliver so much community benefit with new public open spaces.
“It’s not often six hectares of public open space becomes available in an already developed part of our city, and we have a blank canvas to create something that will become a fantastic community amenity for many years to come.
“What is now a rail line will become a thriving community precinct with a whole range of new facilities and amenities that people can use with their friends, family and neighbours.”
As stated by Victoria Park MLA Hannah Beazley:
“Hectares of new public space is being designed and delivered for our community, so it’s important people take the time during this public comment period to have their say.
“Our new local public spaces will connect neighbourhoods that have been cut off from each other for over a century.
“The designs reflect what is important to our local community. A strong desire for connection through a public space that supports safety, activation, movement and the natural environment.
“Importantly, in creating a parkland area along the rail corridor we aim to approximately double the number of trees within the project area.
“The concepts showcase a whole range of fantastic new amenities that will transform this rail corridor into a community hub with facilities and amenities for everyone.”