Trains start using new Butler extension
The extension of the Joondalup rail line to Butler has reached an important milestone, with train drivers starting to familiarise themselves with the new section of track before it opens on September 21.
Taking a ride along the 7.5 kilometre extension from Clarkson with students from East Butler Primary School, Transport Minister Dean Nalder today said testing over the past month had been successful.
Transperth train drivers will now start familiarising themselves with the new section of track under the guidance of an experienced pilot driver.
“All drivers will navigate the new route with a pilot until they are comfortable with the new section of track,” Mr Nalder said.
The Minister said Joondalup Line passengers would still be required to get off the train at Clarkson until the extension opened.
“This is a very important part of the commissioning process. It allows drivers to experience the new signalling systems, driver change platform and associated facilities,” he said.
- Driver familiarisation on the Butler extension began this week
- New bus 491 will be introduced to cater for Two Rocks and Yanchep
- Existing routes 480, 482, 483, 484, and 490 will be diverted to service Butler Station when it opens in September