Weekend Rail Services Improve

Weekend Rail Services Improve

Western Australia Minister for Transport Troy Buswell

Six-Month Trial For Extended Weekend Train Service

Victor P Taffa

The State Government will trial a free 4 am weekend train service for six months from November to increase transport options for people travelling home in the early hours of the morning.

Transport Minister Troy Buswell said the trial was in response to the Facebook campaign started in April which resulted in a meeting in May with the campaign’s creators, Seb Brodie and Scott Brosens.

“It’s important that the Government utilise our resources in the best way possible to provide services that people want, and it was put to me that thousands of West Australians want later train services on the weekend.” Mr. Buswell said.

“As a result, Transperth will trial a 4 am train on Saturday and Sunday mornings from November until April on all train lines, when we’ll evaluate its success and make a decision on future services.”

The Minister said the trial was supported by the WA Nightclubs Association, which had proactively pursued such an initiative, as well as the WA Taxi Council.

“This is all about providing options for those people who wish to travel after 2 am, and undoubtedly a lot of these people will be heading home from pubs and nightclubs in Northbridge or other popular nightspots.” Mr. Buswell said.

“In particular, I hope the 4 am service will be used by people who may otherwise resort to measures like sleeping in Northbridge or the illegal and incredibly dangerous option of drink driving.”

Mr. Buswell said the current latest train service at 2.15 am would run at 2 am when the 4 am service was introduced.

“Currently the 2.15 am trains are free of charge, and during the trial both the 2 am and 4 am services will be free.” Mr. Buswell said.