How many pedestrian and road crossings on the Yanchep rail extension?

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A City of Wanneroo report raises the issue of the cost of providing suitable vehicle and pedestrian rail crossings between Butler and Yanchep after the Yanchep rail line becomes operational. File picture

THE number and location of pedestrian and road crossings on the Yanchep rail extension and how they will be funded and maintained should be part of a coordinated infrastructure delivery plan, according to the City of Wanneroo administration.

One of the items on the City of Wanneroo’s agenda this evening is about a proposed central precinct local structure plan in Eglinton, which includes comments that what had become apparent was the cost implications of providing suitable vehicle and pedestrian rail crossings between Butler and Yanchep after the Yanchep rail line becomes operational.

Included in the item is a recommendation from the city’s administration that the council request that Metronet and the Western Australian Planning Commission (WAPC), in consultation with the development industry, prepare a coordinated infrastructure delivery plan that will identify the number and location of pedestrian and road crossings over the railway between Butler and Yanchep, and how these will be funded and maintained to ensure the delivery of connected and well planned communities within the city’s northern growth corridor.

Recently a Yanchep resident asked if there would be a pedestrian crossing over the rail line in Jindowie, which would benefit people in the eastern part of the estate especially students who walk to Yanchep Secondary College.

Yanchep News Online asked Development WA if there were plans for a pedestrian crossing over the rail line in Jindowie and if so what was involved and what was a likely time frame for a pedestrian crossing to be in place.

DevelopmentWA chief executive Frank Marra said in line with the local structure plan, DevelopmentWA was currently working with the City of Wanneroo, Department of Planning Lands and Heritage (DPLH) and the Public Transport Authority (PTA) to deliver some pedestrian crossing concept designs.

At this stage DevelopmentWA could provide no more detail.

A Metronet spokeswoman said nine road-over-rail bridges were being constructed as part of the Yanchep rail extension.

“These will provide vehicle and pedestrian access at various points along the rail corridor from Alkimos to Yanchep,’’ she said.

“There are no pedestrian-specific overpasses.

“The land adjacent to the rail corridor is still being developed, so additional bridges may be provided by developers.

“The Metronet project team has encouraged developers to consider the future needs of the residents in their estates, including the provision of additional bridges.”