Two federal MPs visit Alkimos station while Cabinet in Perth

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Infrastructure and Transport Minister Catherine King, PTA Yanchep rail extension principal project director Garry Bloxham, NEWest Alliance construction director Tony Radalj, Pearce MHR Tracey Roberts and CPB operations manager Rodd Buffham at Alkimos station. Picture: Anita McInnes

WHILE Anthony Albanese’s Cabinet was in Perth earlier this week two federal parliamentarians made a visit to the Alkimos station where the finishing touches are  progressing.

When federal Infrastructure and Transport Minister Catherine King and Pearce MHR Tracey Roberts visited on February 19 there were plenty of signs of work being done at the station but it was also evident the finishing touches referred to by state Transport Minister Rita Saffioti in December are still underway.

Public Transport Authority Yanchep rail extension principal project director Garry Bloxham, NEWest Alliance construction director Tony Radalj and CPB operations manager Rodd Buffham were among those to accompany Ms King and Mrs Roberts.

According to the Alkimos fact sheet vehicle access to Alkimos station will be via Brindabella Pkwy with shared paths along Brindabella Pkwy and Romeo Rd connecting cyclists and pedestrians to the station.

The architecture of the station is influenced by limestone pinnacles and paperbark trees identified as important local Noongar themes by Metronet’s Noongar reference group.

“The station’s forecourt will include feature paving, seating walls, planting, and shade trees where possible,’’ the fact sheet says.

“A variety of native species will also be used in the landscaping of the station car park.’’

The donut-shaped bus interchange will be opposite the station entrance to allow easy transfer between bus and train services.

“Lifts will be located outside the flow of foot traffic, and the station will incorporate audio loops in areas adjacent to passenger facilities to assist the hearing impaired.’’

Infrastructure and Transport Minister Catherine King and Pearce MHR Tracey Roberts at Alkimos station during the Albanese Government’s Cabinet visit to WA. Picture: Anita McInnes

Ms King, who was not in Perth for the December 22 first test train ride the Yanchep rail extension, said she hoped to be back in Western Australia for the official opening.

After the December 22 first test train ran on the 14.5km rail extension to Yanchep, Ms Saffioti did not want to name the date the line would start carrying passengers but did say driver training would start in January with the aim of finishing the whole line in the first half of 2024.

Ms Saffioti said while the rail line had been laid, the electricity turned on and the test trains were running the stations were still getting their finishing touches

Back in November 2020 former premier Mark McGowan said the Yanchep rail extension would be finished in 2021 and ready to transport passengers in 2022.

But in 2021 – when the budget for the Yanchep rail extension was $531.7m – in his first Budget as treasurer Mr McGowan said the Yanchep rail extension had been delayed by one year and that it would be operational in late 2023.

On December 22 Ms Saffioti said the Yanchep rail extension and the Mitchell Fwy extension to Romeo Rd were a more than $1.2 billion investment in the growing northern suburbs.