Warwick railway station, Perth
Northbound view from Platform 1 in January 2006
|Location||Mitchell Freeway, Warwick|
|Owned by||Public Transport Authority|
|Distance||13.0 kilometres from Perth|
|Platforms||2 (1 island)|
99831 (platform 1)
99832 (platform 2)
|Opened||28 February 1993|
Prior to the commissioning of the site as a railway station, the location was originally a bus interchange known as the Warwick Bus Station. Opened in 1987, it was similar in design and appearance to facilities constructed at Mirrabooka and Rockingham for the same purpose. It provided services connecting the Perth central business district to bus routes servicing the then rapidly expanding northern suburbs. The site also contains a privately operated day care centre which remains in operation to this day.[when?]
The original bus station was connected to the adjoining Mitchell Freeway by a two-lane on/off ramp in both the north and south directions, constructed in the middle of the Mitchell Freeway reserve. It was constructed to service freeway express buses from Perth, services which were subsequently phased out with the opening of the railway station. The on/off ramp was connected to the bus station via a bridge spanning the southbound lanes of the Freeway. The bus station was positioned on land north of the connecting bridge between the Freeway East Embankment (controlled by the Main Roads Department), Hawker Avenue, land occupied by the Warwick chapel of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, and adjoining residential housing.
Design and constructionEdit
At the time of the station's 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. Whitfords station being of exactly the same design was scheduled for construction in synchronisation with 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.
Car parking spaces were also included as part of the construction project, which included a significant number[quantify] 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 southward direction towards Beach Road. This extension would provide for five additional regular bus bays, as well as additional pedestrian access if required.
As part of the construction of the new railway station the on/off ramps used for buses were demolished; however the original bridge over the southbound lanes still remains intact to this day.[when?] A pedestrian pathway was added to the bridge to enable pedestrian movements across to the easy side of the station from a new footbridge linking to Methuen Way, Duncraig.
The most interesting part of the station 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.
Demolition and associated worksEdit
Once the new railway station including the bus concourse had opened, the old transfer station was demolished. The costs of demolition for the existing station were not included as part of the construction budget for the new railway station. The land resulting from the demolition of the transfer station was then converted into additional commuter car parking space, bringing the available number of bays up to 830.
Platforms currently in use are as follows:
|99831||1||Joondalup||All station, A, K, W||Perth Underground|
|W||Whitfords||W-pattern shuttle peak time weekdays only|
|Stop||Route||Destination / description||Notes|
| Stand 1||904||Rail replacement service to Perth station|
| Stand 2||344||to Morley bus station via Alexander Heights & Ballajura|
|371||to Morley bus station via Balga & Mirrabooka bus station|
|447||to Whitfords station via Cockman Road & Moolanda Boulevard|
| Stand 3||441||to Whitfords station via Seacrest Drive|
|442||to Whitfords station via Waterford Drive|
| Stand 4||443||to Whitfords station via Giles Avenue|
|444||to Whitfords station via Gibson Avenue|
|904||Rail replacement service to Butler station|
| Stand 5||445||to Whitfords station via Coolibah Drive & Kingsley Drive|
|446||to Whitfords station via Allenswood Road & Barridale Drive|
| Stand 6||423||to Stirling station via Hillarys Boat Harbour & Karrinyup bus station|
|450||to Landsdale via Wanneroo Road & Kingsway Road|
| Stand 7||387||to Perth Busport via Balcatta Road & Wanneroo Road|
|388||to Perth Busport via Beach Road & Wanneroo Road|
| Stand 8||425||to Stirling station via Carine & Karrinyup bus station|
|427||to Stirling station via Erindale Road & Gwelup|
|428||to Stirling station via Natalie Way & Jones Street|
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- Joondalup Line Timetable Transperth 31 January 2016
- "Route 344". Bus Timetable 105 (PDF). Transperth. n.d. [effective from 16 July 2017].
- "Route 371". Bus Timetable 70 (PDF). Transperth. n.d. [effective from 8 October 2017].
- "Route 447". Bus Timetable 64 (PDF). Transperth. n.d. [effective from 28 January 2018].
- "Route 441". Bus Timetable 63 (PDF). Transperth. n.d. [effective from 10 September 2017].
- "Route 442". Bus Timetable 63 (PDF). Transperth. n.d. [effective from 10 September 2017].
- "Route 443". Bus Timetable 84 (PDF). Transperth. n.d. [effective from 13 November 2016].
- "Route 444". Bus Timetable 84 (PDF). Transperth. n.d. [effective from 13 November 2016].
- "Route 445". Bus Timetable 64 (PDF). Transperth. n.d. [effective from 28 January 2018].
- "Route 446". Bus Timetable 64 (PDF). Transperth. n.d. [effective from 28 January 2018].
- "Route 423". Bus Timetable 62 (PDF). Transperth. n.d. [effective from 5 August 2018].
- "Route 450". Bus Timetable 80 (PDF). Transperth. n.d. [effective from 5 August 2018].
- "Route 387". Bus Timetable 81 (PDF). Transperth. n.d. [effective from 5 August 2018].
- "Route 388". Bus Timetable 81 (PDF). Transperth. n.d. [effective from 5 August 2018].
- "Route 425". Bus Timetable 62 (PDF). Transperth. n.d. [effective from 5 August 2018].
- "Route 427". Bus Timetable 61 (PDF). Transperth. n.d. [effective from 31 January 2016].
- "Route 428". Bus Timetable 61 (PDF). Transperth. n.d. [effective from 31 January 2016].