THE West Australian Government has announced that Belmont Park Station will close at the end of the 2013 winter racing season to allow work to begin on the new station that will service the Perth Stadium, which is due to be completed by early 2018.
Acting Transport Minister Mike Nahan last week said the existing special events station at Belmont Park would be closed from October 13. The closure of the station will not affect other services operating on the Armadale/Thornlie line, which will skip Belmont Park Station and continue to Burswood.
Dr Nahan described the closure as a significant step toward establishing the public transport infrastructure for the stadium. Last year, the government unveiled details of the bus-train-road-pedestrian plan for the Perth Stadium, which will transport an estimated 50,000 people from the stadium precinct within an hour of an event ending.
According to the government, the new transport networks will be designed around the same 'fan first' philosophy that has driven the development of the stadium. The design will reflect passenger behaviour, with 28,000 people expected to use the six-platform stadium station.
The estimated $700 million stadium will be built on the Burswood Peninsula and is scheduled for completion in time for the start of the 2018 AFL season. The stadium will initially have a capacity of 60,000 seats, with the potential of increasing to 70,000 seats.
Earlier this year, three groups – WESTADIUM, Confidem and WestAdium – were shortlisted to progress to the Request for Proposal Stage for the Design, Build, Finance and Maintain contract. The contract is expected to be awarded by mid-2014.