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Disability compliance the focus of $18m pedestrian crossing program

Railpage, 18 December 2018
An $18 million program to ensure Perth’s pedestrian level crossings comply with disability standards has begun, with 22 crossings to be upgraded over the next 12 months. Pedestrian crossings on the Midland, Fremantle and Armadale lines will be targeted by the Public Transport Authority (PTA) in the first wave of upgrades, between December 2018 and December 2019.

Work will upgrade lighting, pathways, manoeuvring and passing areas, and install tactile paving at the 22 crossings, of which 17 are on the Armadale line, 3 are on the Fremantle line, and 2 are on the Midland line.

Upgrades required across the remaining 78 pedestrian level crossings around the Transperth network will take place between 2019 and 2022, WA public transport minister Rita Saffioti said.

“Anything that makes our network safer and more accessible for Transperth passengers and local residents is a great thing,” she said.

“Last financial year we saw train patronage rise for the first time in three years so I am pleased to announce the upgrade to these pedestrian level crossings, which will improve access to train stations.”

The PTA’s pedestrian crossing upgrade program stands separate to the state’s Level Crossing Removal program, which is being directed by the Metronet team.

Metronet recently announced the first of Perth’s 31 vehicle level crossings to be removed, with four crossings along the Midland and Armadale lines targeted over the next four years.