Upgrade delivers better ambulance access to new Midland hospital

Media Release

WT374/2015

17 November 2015

Joint release with:

Mick Wainwright

City of Swan Mayor

Dean Nalder

WA Minister for Transport

Ken Wyatt

Member for Hasluck

The completion of a new rail-line underpass on Lloyd Street in Midland will provide unimpeded access to Western Australia's newest hospital when it opens next week.

Acting Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development Warren Truss and Federal Member for Hasluck Ken Wyatt today inspected the completed upgrade, which is set to save lives.

“This new underpass will open next week in readiness for the St John of God Midland Public Hospital's first day of operations,” Mr Truss said.

“Replacing the old level crossing on Lloyd Street with the new underpass will ensure emergency service vehicles are not delayed by a train when transporting patients in potentially life-threatening situations.”

Western Australian Transport Minister Dean Nalder said the new underpass will relieve traffic congestion and eliminate safety concerns associated with the now superseded level crossing.

“As well as the underpass, there are two new bridges to cater for the Public Transport Authority's freight rail line and any potential future extension to the passenger rail line. A road bridge has also been built to provide secondary vehicle access to the hospital via Cowie Close,” Mr Nalder said.

Member for Hasluck Ken Wyatt said the Australian Government provided $10 million towards the $84 million total cost of the project, with the Western Australian Government contributing $66 million, the City of Swan providing $3 million and the WA Planning Commission providing $4.5 million.

“This has been a worthwhile investment by all involved as it will dramatically improve general safety and efficiency on the local road network by separating road and rail traffic,” Mr Wyatt said.

City of Swan Mayor Mick Wainwright said the underpass will play an important role in the ongoing revitalisation of Midland and improve access to the Hazelmere Industrial Area and Guildford more broadly.

“The underpass has been designed and built to cater for future demand on Lloyd Street, supporting the City's ultimate planned extension of Lloyd Street to the Great Eastern Highway bypass,” Mayor Wainwright said.

“We also have an upgraded intersection at Lloyd and Clayton streets to improve capacity and a new alignment of Lloyd Street to provide east and west service roads. Revegetation, landscaping and public art will complete the project over the coming months.”