Regional travellers urged to plan ahead for rail disruptions
Transperth is urging regional travellers to plan ahead if they are visiting Perth in July and August due to the city’s biggest-ever planned rail disruptions.
Two periods of temporary part-closures will allow essential work to take place on the Perth City Link project. Replacement buses will operate whenever trains are cancelled – the first shut runs from July 12 to July 17; the second from July 31 to August 4.
Transperth spokesman David Hynes said regional customers arriving on Transwa coach and train services may also be affected.
“The shuts will effectively close the Perth and Perth Underground stations – so passengers will still be able to get into the city, but they may need to supplement their journey with a replacement bus service, or walk a bit further,” he said.
“We know a lot of Transwa passengers arrive at East Perth station and use connecting Transperth services from there. We want to make sure that people travelling to Perth during the part-closures allow a bit of extra time to get to their final destination.
“Anyone who is not sure can visit the Transperth website (www.transperth.wa.gov.au), or call our InfoLine (13 62 13) for more information on how the shut might affect them.”
The only Transwa service directly affected will be the Australind, which arrives at and leaves from Perth station.
During the closures, the Australind will travel between Bunbury and Armadale , rather than starting and finishing in Perth. Passengers will complete the journey between Armadale and Perth on road coaches.
Shut 1: July 12-17
The first shut starts at 7pm on Friday July 12 and runs to the last service on Wednesday July 17. Normal services resume the next morning. This will allow the new Fremantle Line tunnel to be connected to the rail network. Midland and Armadale-Thornlie line trains will stop at McIver on weekdays and Claisebrook on weekends. Joondalup and Mandurah trains will stop at Leederville and Esplanade respectively, while the entire Fremantle Line will be closed.
Shut 2: July 31-August 4
The second shut runs from 3pm on Wednesday July 31 to the last service on Sunday August 4, with normal services resuming on the Monday. Again, Joondalup and Mandurah line passengers will be able to travel on the train only as far as Leederville and Esplanade. The Fremantle Line again will be closed, but the Midland, Thornlie and Armadale lines are unaffected.