The performance and potential of rail stations in and outside freeway medians: the application of a node/place model to Perth

In Perth, WA the opening of the Joondalup (1991) and Mandurah (2007) railway lines delivered 22 new stations, most located within the freeway median. The historic Midland, Armadale/Thornlie and Fremantle lines were not constructed in freeway medians. State Government planning policy has identified many of the new stations as activity centres for future higher residential development and land-use intensity. A planning challenge for development in these precincts is to address the current and future conflict between the mobility needs of the car, and those of public transport, walking, and cycling. Many of the precincts have remnant low-density development, feature fragmented land tenure and represent the effects of past auto-centric policy. The Node/Place model developed by Bertolini has been used to analyse the land-use and transport functions of rail station precincts in several cities around the world. This paper reports on a new application of an extended node/place model to 13 rail stations in the Perth metropolitan area, identified by WA State planning policy as activity centres. A tri-dimensional analysis - Node, Place and Background Traffic - was conducted of stations located within and outside freeway medians, and of stations on heritage lines for the purpose of comparison. Performance was captured using 43 indicators. The findings suggest that achieving the balance of Node and Place function associated with stations in freeway medians is problematic and a more effective policy setting may be to emphasise Node functions. The work also makes a unique contribution to TOD research by assessing how background traffic conditions influence node/ place functionality and related policy opportunities.


  • English

Media Info

  • Pagination: 15p
  • Monograph Title: Informing transport's future through practical research: 37th Australasian Transport Research Forum, 30 September to 2 October 2015, Sydney, New South Wales

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  • Accession Number: 01586930
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: ARRB
  • Files: ITRD, ATRI
  • Created Date: Jan 14 2016 11:41AM