Optus Stadium Transport

Design Feature
Project Type
Western Australia

Providing the community with integrated transport options will result in a positive health outcome. Optus Stadium and its surrounding Stadium Park is an example of how planning an effective movement network, as a key principle of the project, supports a more active community. Optus Stadium was officially opened on Sunday 21 January and is the third largest sporting and entertainment venues in Australia. The stadium has a capacity of 60,000 seats (in AFL format) and has the flexibility to host major sporting and entertainment events.

Putting spectators first 

The greenfields nature of the Optus Stadium site presented 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 was planned so that 83% of a capacity crowd can be transported by modes other than cars within one hour of an event. The project included the development of appropriate transport infrastructure to allow for a high level of access. The infrastructure includes a new train station – Perth Stadium Station, and upgraded East Perth Station (for use by fans who chose to walk across the Windan Bridge, bus facilities on the Burswood Peninsula and in East Perth and a new pedestrian bridge – Matagarup Bridge over the Swan River.

Optus Stadium’s design features support healthy active outcomes and 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 encourage public transport use.
  • Multiple transport mode options.

Project Team 

  • Department of Local Government, Sport and Cultural Industries
  • Department of Finance - Strategic Projects
  • Public Transport Authority
  • Main Roads Western Australia
  • VenuesWest

Project Cost 

The total cost of designing, building, partially financing and maintaining Optus Stadium and surrounding Stadium Park for 25 years plus the associated transport infrastructure is $1.46 billion, which was reported in the 2017/18 Budget. 

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