New Perth Stadium Transport

  • East Perth Station Upgrade Artist's Impression
    East Perth Station Upgrade Artist's Impression
  • Perth Stadium Station Proximity to Perth Stadium
    Perth Stadium Station Proximity to Perth Stadium
  • Stadium Station Entry
    Stadium Station Entry
  • Stadium Station Interior
    Stadium Station Interior
  • East Perth Station Upgrade Concourse Artist's Impression
    East Perth Station Upgrade Concourse Artist's Impression

Providing the community with integrated alternative transport options will result in a positive health outcome. The Perth Stadium and Sports Precinct is an example of how planning an effective movement network, as a key principle of the project, supports a more active community. The Perth Stadium will form a permanent centrepiece for the redevelopment of the Burswood Peninsula on the Swan River. It will be one of the largest sporting and entertainment venues in Perth and one of the major international sporting venues in Australia. The stadium will have a total capacity of 60,000 seats.

Description of project

The greenfields nature of the Perth Stadium site presents an opportunity to incorporate a pedestrian focused movement network into the planning of the site, as opposed to retrofitting transport solutions after construction. The site is easily accessible by train, bus and car (however parking is limited) with opportunities for walking and cycling. From the outset it was understood that this project would be heavily dependent on transport other than private vehicles. As such it is planned so that 83% of a capacity crowd can be transported by modes other than cars within one hour of an event. The project includes the development of appropriate transport infrastructure to allow for a high level of access. The infrastructure includes a pedestrian bridge across the Swan River between East Perth and the Burswood Peninsula, a new train station (and an upgrade to the East Perth Station) , and bus facilities on the Burswood Peninsula and in East Perth.

The design features of the Perth Stadium that support healthy active outcomes include:

  • Priority given to pedestrians, cyclists and public transport over car use.
  • Direct routes for pedestrians and cyclists.
  • Direct walkable links between public transport facilities and the development.
  • Attractive and inviting areas for pedestrians and cyclists.
  • Increased safety for pedestrians and cyclists through the limitation of through-traffic and the separation of cars and pedestrians.
  • Facilities designed to increased public transport use.
  • Multiple transport mode options.
Project team
  • Department of Sport and Recreation
  • Department of Treasury - Strategic Projects and Asset Sales
  • Public Transport Authority
  • Main Roads Western Australia
  • VenuesWest
  • Further details regarding the Project Management can be found here:
Project cost

The project budget is $AUS 918.4 million, as outlined in the Project Definition Plan (PDP) released in September 2012. It comprises: • Stadium - $820.7 million • Sports Precinct - $81.7 million • Project Management - $16 million There is an additional tra


There are a number of health, economic, environmental, social and use benefits to a stadium with an integrated movement network.

Health value
  • The limitation that this project places on accessibility by car will see the majority of patrons access Perth Stadium by means of other transport modes, including public transport and active transport modes (cycling and walking for at least part of the journey). In addition, besides the small amount of parking located underneath the Stadium and on the Community Oval in event mode, the majority of the parking spaces are located at existing parking areas in the CBD.  As such, all transport modes used to access the venue will include incidental exercise in the form of walking.
  • Directness of walking routes (associated with the new Swan River Pedestrian Bridge), level of access to public transport facilities and general attractiveness of walking routes will see most patrons opt to walk or use public transport. It is expected that approximately 14,000 people will utilise the Swan River Pedestrian Bridge on event days, with 6,200 of the 14,000 to utilise a CBD shuttle bus service to access inner city car bays. . Approximately 28,000 are expected to utilise Perth Stadium Station, the six platform train station located in close proximity to the Stadium. A further 8,100 people, located in areas currently not serviced by rail will, be catered to by the 22-stand Perth Stadium Special Event Bus Stands located within the Sports Precinct.  
Economic value
  • Perth Stadium will be a multi-purpose venue capable of hosting AFL, cricket, rugby league and union, soccer and entertainment events. The Sports Precinct will be open year round and includes a number of children’s playgrounds, an Amphitheatre, a Community Oval and restaurants, bar and café facilities. Within 1.5km of the Perth Stadium and Sports Precinct is an  estimated 5,000 – 6,500 residential dwellings, commercial and retail space.
  • While the Stadium itself will predominantly be used for AFL matches, it will also be capable of accommodating cricket and soccer matches, rugby league and union matches, athletic events, concerts and other large public events. The Stadium also has a range of spaces available on event and non-event days for functions. All of these activities are significant contributors to the local and larger economy. In addition a Stadium well-serviced by public transport is more likely to attract major international events bringing the associated tourism-based economic benefits.
  • It is expected 32-37 annual stadium events will draw large crowds to the Stadium. This influx will support the surrounding retailers and increase the feasibility of economic development throughout larger sections of East Perth and the Burswood Peninsula.
Environmental value
  • The intent of the master planning is to establish attractive natural parkland along the bank of the Swan River, incorporating extensive landscaping and planting suited to local environmental conditions.  The retention of existing vegetation plus the planting of water wise local flora will provide wind and shade protection.
Social value
  • The Stadium as a venue for sporting and other public events will in itself be a public space where people of all ages and ethnicity will interact. With a capacity of 60,000, events will have large scale social value for the entire West Australian community.
Use value
  • As a 60,000 seat venue, Perth Stadium will have significant sport and other entertainment use value. Due to the high level of public transport access this use value will be extended to the entire Perth CBD. The Stadium development and its surrounds will also provide a parkland environment for walking, cycling and other outdoor activities.
  • Further information can be found via the following links:Perth Stadium:

Government of Western Australia, Department of Sport and Recreation, New Perth Stadium Project Definition Plan, September 2012.

Government of Western Australia, Department of Treasury, New Perth Stadium Pre-Construction Site Works, EOI Briefing, 26 July 2012.

Government of Western Australia, Perth Stadium Website, accessed on 8 January 2013 from: 

Government of Western Australia, Public Transport Authority, New Perth Stadium Transport Project Definition Plan, December 2012.

Government of Western Australia, The Bigger Picture Website, accessed on 8 January 2013 from:

Type of project
Scale of project
Individual Site