Metronet vision could see transformation of Welshpool station

May 13, 2018 by  

Major alterations and upgrades to Perth’s public transport system under the WA Government’s Metronet vision are likely to see substantial changes to several existing rail stops.

In addition to new stations being built in outer suburban areas, inner-city districts such as traditionally industrial Welshpool may see their stops altered to become community and commercial hubs.

Community consultation opened last month for proposed changes to Bayswater railway station, which is in similar proximity to Welshpool from the Perth CBD, in the city’s north west. If proposals such as these are approved it could be a boon for logo design and banner printing firms, with more commercial startups opening in the area.

The Property Council of WA has stressed the importance of setting the correct housing and commercial zonings for areas undergoing renewal from transit-oriented developments. Executive director Lino Iacomella has said there needs to be an honest discussion with locals about how big the development is likely to be, adding that most stations in Perth would benefit from a local precinct plan.

In the case of Bayswater, a draft plan provides for 3,000 new dwellings and a doubling of retail space. Curtin University regional planning lecturer Courtney Babb has noted suburbs that are most ideally suited to transit-oriented developments are also the most likely to have strong community opposition.