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19 January 2021

Work is well underway on the construction of the new Bayswater Station as part of Metronet’s rail expansion across Perth. As this area transforms, there will be unavoidable disruptions in the road and shared path network over the next period. This will include closures of the Midland Railway Principal Shared Path (PSP).

You may have noticed over the last week the installation of a pop-up bi-directional bike lane on Whatley Crescent. When the PSP closes later this month, this will be the PSP detour. Last year, WestCycle was consulted on the detour by the construction team who presented their first detour plan that we weren’t satisfied with. To Evolve Bayswater Alliance’s credit, they went back to the drawing board with our suggestion to consider a pop-up style bi-directional bike lane and they came back with a good compromise.

There were many different options and detour routes assessed and taking into consideration the space constraints, having to balance the different needs of the community as well as tying into the existing PSP detour between Slade St and Tonkin Hwy (which we can all agree, is not ideal) this option was the best available. This layout will also help the construction team easily modify the detour when work to upgrade the Leake/Lawrence St Underpass will require the PSP closure to be extended to Garratt Road and when the PSP between Slade St and Tonkin Highway is eventually reopened.

When this detour is in place, there may be some confusion and frustration as people go about their day and we ask the bike riding community to show our appreciation by being patient, courteous and not feed into any aggressive and irrational behaviours that may be on display by some people in the community.

The construction team have advised us that they will continue to monitor the detour to ensure that it is as safe as it can be. So if you do see something that may not be quite right, let’s all be constructive with our feedback, or if you think you can’t contain your frustration, send us an email to info@westcycle.org.au and we will pass on your feedback constructively.

Once complete in mid-2022, this section of PSP will be realigned, upgraded to current standards and integrated into the new station.

With all major infrastructure projects, local businesses can be impacted, so if you can, pop in and support these local businesses during construction. There are a few great coffee shops on King William St we think you should visit.

At this stage, a specific date for the PSP closure has not been confirmed but is likely in the next week or two. As the project progresses, we will keep you updated through our website https://westcycle.org.au/midland-railway-psp-diversion-2021/



To read more and for up-to-date information about the Bayswater Station Upgrade, please visit https://www.metronet.wa.gov.au/projects/bayswater-station-upgrade