Coleman Rail briefs industry on Bayswater Station

The Western Australian Government’s multibillion-dollar METRONET rollout is gaining momentum with Acciona’s Coleman Rail recently briefing industry on the skills it needs for the New Bayswater Station project.

The $253 million venture is now ramping up after Coleman Rail followed its new ICN Gateway listing with a day of industry information sessions in Perth.

Coleman Rail (Evolve Bayswater Alliance) won the tender as Project Owner just before Easter last year.

As well as designing and building a new four-platform, two-island station and all associated track, signalling, civil, drainage and overhead line works, Evolve will build:

  • a rail turnback to service the Forrestfield-Airport Link
  • a new, higher bridge at King William Street/Coode Street.

There will also be provision to support the Morley-Ellenbrook Line connection.

The project is set to support more than 350 jobs during construction.

The first island platform, with a track on each side, will be built while the current line and station continues operation. This ensures minimal impact to commuters and the local community.

According to Coleman Rail’s Gateway page, this complex project looks to balance priorities identified during stakeholder and community consultation. This includes:

  • improving connections across the railway
  • allowing for increased bus services to the station
  • improving cycling and pedestrian movements
  • creating a rail bridge and station that fits within and compliments the town centre.

The project will become an urban precinct with the rail connections giving people the option to travel to the airport, the Swan Valley tourist region, the CBD and beyond.

At the ICNWA industry briefing, Coleman Rail construction manager Marcus Asche said that trades will be needed for civils, track works, structures and stations.

Civils includes road construction, operators, labour hire, pit and pipe for a main cable route, traffic management, retaining walls and noise walls.

Track work opportunities involve ballast, pre-cast sleepers, comms, rail fasteners, and rail welding and grinding.

The bridge structure is headed by work such as piling, concreting and steel reinforcement, installation, scaffolding and carpentry, roadside barriers, earthing and bonding.

Station packages, meanwhile, include a range of building needs, such as roofs and walls, glazing, flooring, escalators, lifts, tiling, landscaping, and communications, passenger information systems, anti-vandalism and universal access requirements, public art and signage.

“There is a huge amount of scope in this project. There are a lot of projects around Perth at the moment but probably not too many with such a wide remit of scopes and trades to deliver the project,” Marcus said.

Meanwhile, Aboriginal engagement advisor Domenic Panaia said each contractor would need to ensure Noongar culture and its stories were represented in the infrastructure that’s being designed and built.

Suppliers will be obliged to adhere to the State Government’s Aboriginal Procurement Policy, which involves a minimum of three per cent of awarded contracts of more than $50,000 to be executed by registered Aboriginal businesses.

The first packages on the New Bayswater Station Gateway page include the key Station Building scope alongside kerbing, asphalt works, cranage, traffic lights, permanent fencing and more.

Written in conjunction with WA Works.