Whitfords railway station, Perth

Whitfords railway station, Perth

Whitfords Train Station is a Transperth train station 19 km from Perth Train Station, in Western Australia. It is on the Joondalup Line.

History

Design and Construction

At the time of the stations design, it was recognised by The Urban Rail Electrification Committee that the placement of bus services in close proximity or direct connection to rail infrastructure was of significant importance. This was evidenced by the Kelmscott and Armadale Stations, and the then recently completed Cannington Station.

Under the Northern Suburbs Transit System Project, Construction on the station was scheduled to commence on 16 November 1991, with completion expected by the end of December 1992. The Warwick Station being of the exact same design was scheduled for construction in synchronisation with the Warwick Station.

The station was to include a number of facilities, including a bus concourse to connect with feeder bus services, information booths and offices for railway staff, amenities and services, as well as access services for mobility impaired passengers in line with design requirements of the time. Further to this, pieces of the Passenger Information Network installed at the station included previously unseen electronic displays on the upper bus decks designed to provide drivers with information so they could connect with appointed trains or communicate with bus depot control in the event of delays. Passenger information systems across the network are currently being upgraded as part of the improvements being delivered under the New MetroRail Project.

The station also included a turnback siding. Even though the siding is in the middle of the Mitchell Freeway with no pedestrian access, Transperth were forced to fence the area in 2006 due to repeated graffiti attacks while trains were briefly in the siding. Car parking spaces were also included as part of the construction project, which included a significant number of on-grade parking bays on the eastern side of the station for commuter use.

The design of the station also allowed for the possible extension of the upper bus deck in a northern direction towards Whitfords Avenue. This extension would provide for five additional regular bus bays, as well as additional pedestrian access if required.

The most interesting part of the two stations was the upper bus deck. The deck was constructed of precast concrete that was formed off site, which was then transported to the site before being placed atop columns constructed as part of the stations foundations. Precast concrete flooring was then put in place, held in specially formed ridges running the length of the beams. This upper deck was the most expensive structural element of the station, and was the cause of significant attention and consideration as part of the design and construction process.

The new station was opened on 21 March 1993 for the commencement of regular passenger services, despite the station being officially opened on 20 December 1992 by the then Premier Dr. Carmen Lawrence.

Platforms

Some passengers may need to transfer from Whitfords Shuttle trains to Clarkson Line trains if they need to go further, and are on a Whitfords Shuttle train.

Platforms currently in use are as follows:

Bus stands

Buses are provided at Whitfords Train Station.

Route Number Destination / Description
[18477] Stand 1
352 to Landsdale via Madeley
467 to Hocking
468 to Joondalup Train Station via Wanneroo Road
469 to Wanneroo via Hocking
[18478] Stand 2
441 to Warwick Train Station via Seacrest Drive
442 to Warwick Train Station via Waterford Drive
452 to Warwick Train Station via Marmion Avenue
[18479] Stand 3
904 Train Replacement Service to Perth
904 Train Replacement Service to Clarkson
443 to Warwick Train Station via Giles Avenue
444 to Warwick Train Station via Gibson Avenue
[18480] Stand 4
445 to Warwick Train Station via Coolibah Drive
446 to Warwick Train Station via Allenswood Road
455 to Warwick Train Station via Blackall Drive
[18473] Stand 5
447 to Warwick Train Station via Moolanda Boulevard
457 to Warwick Train Station via Moolanda Boulevard and Eglinton Crescent
[18474] Stand 6
460 to Joondalup Train Station via Oceanside Prom
461 to Joondalup Train Station via Dampier Avenue
[18475] Stand 7
462 to Joondalup Train Station via Bridgewater Boulevard
463 to Joondalup Train Station via Gradient Way
[18476] Stand 8
464 to Joondalup Train Station via Eddystone Avenue
465 to Joondalup Train Station via Trappers Drive
466 to Joondalup Train Station via Timberlane Drive

References

See also

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