WORK on the train station at the new Perth Stadium site at Burswood has reached a major milestone with construction now under way.
Visiting the site last week to mark the start of construction, Transport Minister Dean Nalder said Stadium Station would be completed in 2017 in time for extensive commissioning and testing before it opens in time for the start of the 2018 AFL season.
"This Government is focused on delivering a smart transport solution for the new Perth Stadium with a series of integrated infrastructure including bike paths, a pedestrian bridge and the new train station," Mr Nalder said.
Forward works began more than a year ago and involved 'slewing' or relocating the tracks in line with the location of the new station.
"The station itself will cost about $40 million to build, with a further $60 million to be spent on the 11 kilometres of complex overhead wiring and track to support this world-class piece of infrastructure. When complete it will be the second biggest station on the Transperth network, after Perth," the Minister said.
Mr Nalder released an animation providing an insight into how the station would be built. It shows that, through clever design, the number of columns on each platform is halved to improve the passenger experience by providing greater light, access and visibility.
In coming months, two tower cranes will be erected on the site to enable the PRISM Alliance (the Public Transport Authority, Laing O'Rourke and AECOM) to start work on four of the platforms and a second set of tracks.
Trains on the existing Armadale/Thornlie Line will then be swapped over to use the new tracks, so work on the final two platforms can be completed.
Photo: Artist's impression of the new Perth Stadium on the Burswood Peninsula / WA Government.