Western Australia

METRONET team to design Belmont Station precinct in Perth

BELMONT Station will form the heart of METRONET's first transport oriented development - a new high-density suburb with multi-storey apartments, businesses and vibrant community spaces, the WA Government announced last week.

Concept images reveal the design of the new station, which will be the first stop on the underground Forrestfield-Airport Link. Land surrounding the station will become a mixture of high-density housing, public areas and commercial space, as well as a planned shopping centre nearby.

Artist's impression of Belmont Station precinct
Above: Artist's impression of Belmont Station precinct / Department of Planning.

According to the plans, Belmont Station will eventually service more than 5,000 employees while more than 7,800 new residents are expected to move to the immediate area once fully developed.

The METRONET team, appointed by Transport Minister Rita Saffioti, will be examining the best possible planning and land uses around the new station.

As part of this, the team will be rethinking and optimising existing plans for the 176-hectare redevelopment area that surrounds the station to align with METRONET objectives. The team will also be tasked with investigating value capture options around the new Belmont Station precinct.

Associated infrastructure includes six bus bays, 500 car parking bays, and a north-south thoroughfare for pedestrians between Bulong and Central avenues.

"This will be the first transport oriented development that will be delivered by the METRONET team. We have a chance to build one of the suburbs of the future that is extremely well-connected, close to the CBD and high in amenity," Ms Saffioti said.

"We will be working closely with the City of Belmont to refine these plans and deliver the best possible planning, transport and land-use outcomes.

"The Forrestfield-Airport Link will provide affordable, efficient and quick access to the airport and eastern foothills - it will be a two-zone fare from the CBD."

Artist's impression of Belmont Station precinct
Above: Artist's impression of Belmont Station precinct / Department of Planning.

The State Government will also be opening consultation on whether the station should be renamed Redcliffe Station to reflect its true geographical location.

The Forrestfield-Airport Link project involves the construction of an 8.5-kilometre rail spur off the Midland Line with twin-bored tunnels under the Swan River, and new stations at Forrestfield, Belmont (formerly called Airport West) and Airport Central (formerly called Consolidated Airport)

The design, construct and 10-year maintenance contract was awarded to a Salini Impregilo - NRW Joint Venture (SI-NRW) in April 2016 and construction commenced later in 2016. The project is jointly funded by the Western Australian ($1.47 billion) and Australian ($490 million) governments.

More information is available from the Forrestfield-Airport Link website at <http://www.forrestfieldairportlink.wa.gov.au/>.

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