Byford Rail Extension recommended for environmental approval

Release date: 
October 4, 2021

A proposal to construct and operate an 8km new railway between Armadale and
Byford has been recommended for environmental approval by the Environmental
Protection Authority (EPA).

The Byford Rail Extension is located primarily within the existing rail reserve used for
the Australind passenger train and includes modifications to Armadale Station and
construction of a new station at Byford.

EPA Chair Professor Matthew Tonts said the Authority considered the proposal could
be implemented subject to strict conditions which included measures to limit the
disturbance to native vegetation, endangered flora species, wetland areas and the
foraging and breeding habitats of Baudin's, Carnaby's and red-tailed cockatoos.

“The proponent would also be required to develop and implement a revegetation
research plan for the critically endangered threatened ecological community at
Fletcher Park,” he said. “The EPA considers that this could prove an innovative way
of informing the development of cost-effective methods for rehabilitating and
improving the buffers and resilience of this unique area.”

Professor Tonts said the EPA had also recommended conditions to minimise
operational noise and impacts from vibration. These included a management plan to
show the location and heights of noise walls, rail dampers and ballast matting to
absorb vibration.

The Byford Rail Extension, 27km south-east of Perth, is a State Government
METRONET commitment.

The Public Transport Authority (PTA) proposal also includes the replacement of a
number of existing level crossings above or below the road.

The EPA’s report to the Minister for Environment is now open for a two-week public
appeal period, closing 18 October 2021. Appeals can be made at
www.appealsconvenor.wa.gov.au. The Minister for Environment will make the final
decision on the proposal. EPA Report 1710 can be found HERE.

EPA Media Contact: Jenni Storey on 0434 734 997

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