The Government of Western Australia has unveiled an A$146m ($107.65m) plan to carry out major upgrade works at the Bayswater Station, as a part of the METRONET programme.

The concept plan was selected following a consultation process which involved a survey of nearly 1,000 people.

Plans include transforming the area into a junction to accommodate the future Forrestfield-Airport Link and Morley-Ellenbrook Line.

Western Australia Premier Mark McGowan said: “This project encapsulates what METRONET is about, it’s a key first step for the Morley-Ellenbrook Line and will be one of the final steps for the Forrestfield-Airport Link.

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“Along with creating a junction for our new METRONET lines, it will pump vibrancy and activity into the Bayswater town centre to support more jobs and local businesses.”

The station will be relocated onto a higher rail bridge over King William Street. The existing rail bridge will also be replaced, increasing clearance from 3.8m to 4.8m.

“It will be Bayswater Station’s biggest overhaul in more than a century and we are proud to be bringing METRONET in to revitalise the area.”

Platforms will be expanded to accommodate six-car trains and realigned closer to Whatley Crescent.

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The concept plan includes lowering a section of Whatley Crescent between King William and Hamilton streets to create a second underpass towards Beechboro Road under the new rail bridge.

Additionally, the new METRONET station will have full disability access.

Construction of roads associated with the station, as well as necessary forward works for the Morley-Ellenbrook Line connection, is also part of the plan.

Western Australia Transport Minister Rita Saffioti said: “This is a transformational project for Bayswater that is being locally driven so we can build something that balances community needs, transport outcomes, heritage and new commercial opportunities.

“It will be Bayswater Station’s biggest overhaul in more than a century and we are proud to be bringing METRONET in to revitalise the area.”

The tender for construction to upgrade the Bayswater Station is scheduled to be released early next year, with works expected to begin late next year.