Buses replacing some trains throughout next week
Train services next week will be disrupted on the Joondalup Line, and cancelled altogether on the Fremantle Line.
Buses will replace the trains, providing a shuttle service between Glendalough and Perth Stations, and running backwards and forwards along the full length of the Fremantle Line.
There will also be some minor timetable adjustments to Midland Line trains.
Public Transport Authority CEO Reece Waldock said today that the train shutdown was needed to carry out one of the final stages of construction of the Mandurah Line– physically connecting it with the existing Joondalup Line.
Mr Waldock said this represented a major milestone for the New MetroRail project.
“After the shutdown, passengers will be able to use William Street and Esplanade Stations, the first on the new Mandurah Line to be opened to the public and Perth’s first underground stations,” he said.
“When the Mandurah Line becomes fully operational, passengers will be able to travel the 105km between Clarkson in the north, through the CBD tunnels to Mandurah in the south without changing trains.”
The shutdown will take place from 6pm on Sunday October 7 until Sunday October 14, a time Mr Waldock said had been selected to minimise the disruption to the commuting public.
“On the northern line we are running trains to Glendalough where passengers can transfer to buses,” he said.
“Alternatively, they can stay on the train to Leederville – which is inaccessible to buses – if it is feasible for them to walk the rest of the journey.
“Train replacement buses will also service replacements stops near stations all along the Fremantle Line, and we have arranged a ferry service from Fremantle to Barrack Street jetty each weekday morning, returning in the evenings.
“We know this will strain existing CBD facilities, so we asked the City of Perth to make extra parking space available and they have agreed to allow parking on Langley, Ozone and Wellington reserves.
“To support all these, we have organised a major advertising and public awareness campaign.
“Remember, on the other side of this we are a very big step closer to a world-class urban railway system.”
For more information, please visit the Transperth website.