Residents of Lakelands and surrounding suburbs will have the opportunity to attend an information session on the new Lakelands Train Station at the weekend.
The new station is set to be accessed from Lake Valley Drive and built on an area of land put aside when the Mandurah line was constructed.
Metronet has invited the local community to attend information sessions held on Saturday, August 1 at the Madora Bay Hall on Orelia Street.
The two sessions will not include a formal presentation but will give residents the chance to learn more about the project and ask any questions.
Those wanting to attend a session, either 9am to 10:30am or 10:45am to 12:15pm, are required to register their attendance to ensure social distancing requirements are met.
It’s expected the station, along the Mandurah line, will help ease demand and congestion in the southern suburbs by reducing travel times and distances as the current two stations, Warnbro and Mandurah, are more than 20 kilometres apart.
Metronet estimates more than 2,300 passengers will board at the Lakelands Station each day in 2023, growing to 3,500 in 2031.
The project will be jointly funded by the state and Federal Government and will include passenger parking, drop-off area, bus interchange and lockable cycling storage.
Back in n May, builders were invited to submit requests for proposals in an early involvement process which would lead to a design and construct contract for the new station.
Transport Minister Rita Saffioti said the proposals were an essential step in getting the project underway.
“The station will take pressure off the nearby existing stations, and provide commuters with access to bus services and lockable cycling facilities,” the minister said.
“There is currently 23km of empty track between Mandurah and Warnbro stations – this station will mean residents in Lakelands, Madora Bay and surrounds will soon have greater access to public transport at their doorstep.”
Construction is expected to start in early 2021, with the station scheduled to be fully operational in 2023.
The new Lakelands station doesn’t rule out the potential for a station in Karnup.
In May, the McGowan government said it remained committed to building a new Metronet station in the suburb and that planning for that project is continuing with a full business case currently being processed.
In the meantime, Karnup and Secret Harbour will benefit from improved bus services to the area from Warnbro Station and local road enhancements, to be delivered as part of the Lakelands Station project.
Those wanting to attend an information session on the Lakelands Train Station can register here.
More information on the Lakelands Train Station is available via the Metronet website.