Plan ahead for upcoming Transperth service disruptions
Transperth passengers on the Armadale and Fremantle lines are being encouraged to plan their New Year journeys well ahead of time, with major service disruptions in early 2021 due to the installation of vital METRONET infrastructure.
Evening services will be cancelled between Armadale and Gosnells stations intermittently from early January to complete work on the Denny Avenue Level Crossing Removal project.
The night work will allow the project team to prepare the site for an 11-day closure of the level crossing, required in the first half of 2021.
“This closure will enable the team to build the Davis Road underpass and 850m of track,” Transperth spokesman David Hynes said.
“While any service disruption is inconvenient, the Denny Avenue Level Crossing Removal project will reduce congestion, increase safety for drivers and cyclists, and improve pedestrian connectivity in Kelmscott town centre – an excellent outcome for local residents.”
Transperth passengers on the Fremantle Line should also plan ahead for an eight-week period of reduced services starting in early February.
Essential works will be taking place 24/7 to upgrade Claremont Station and install turnback infrastructure and new overhead lines.
These works will enable an increase in the frequency of Fremantle Line services between Claremont and the CBD during peak times, greater resilience during unplanned service disruptions, and allow direct access to the new METRONET Airport Line from Claremont Station.
For a two-month period from February 5 to April 5, Claremont Station will be closed to the public and no train services will stop there. Bus services will continue to operate to and from the station.
Aside from several full-line weekend closures, Fremantle Line services between Showgrounds and Fremantle will operate on a 30-minute frequency during this period.
“These turnbacks will allow Airport Line trains to go back in the direction they came from – rather than travelling the full length of the line to turn around, services will instead be able to turn at Claremont, allowing for more frequent services,” Mr Hynes said.
“We know these temporary service reductions will be frustrating for passengers, which is why we are doing everything we can to connect trains and minimise the amount of inconvenience caused.
“With so many METRONET projects under way, some disruption is inevitable to future-proof, expand and improve our existing network.”
Depending on their starting location and destination, passengers may find an existing timetabled bus service to be a more convenient travel option.
A special student-only bus service, School Special 700, is being established to service 10 schools along the Fremantle Line. These buses will operate between Shenton Park and Fremantle stations before and after school, and are for school children only.
More information on both disruptions will be made available on the Transperth website in January. Passengers who may be impacted are urged to visit the Transperth website, sign up for My Alerts, download the Transperth app or call the Transperth InfoLine on 13 62 13 for more information.
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