Western Australia Minister for Transport Troy Buswell
Commuters Urged To Plan For Station Shutdown
Victor P Taffa
- Perth Station closed from Friday morning to Sunday night
- Major works to be undertaken on rail tunnel project of Perth City Link
- All trains stopped from 8 pm Sunday
- Replacement buses organised
Transport Minister Troy Buswell today urged public transport users to plan ahead when Perth Station closes for three days from this Friday morning, to enable critical works to progress on the Perth City Link.
Perth Station will be closed from 10.30 am on Friday, August 17 to last services on Sunday, August 19, which will affect the Midland, Fremantle and Armadale-Thornlie lines. All trains will stop for a brief time on Sunday night.
During an inspection of the Perth City Link rail site and Perth Station, Mr Buswell said the project was progressing on schedule and the weekend disruption was critical in meeting the mid-2014 completion date.
“We’re on track to realise a 100-year dream to reconnect the CBD and Northbridge and redevelop the heart of Perth.” Mr. Buswell said.
“The Perth City Link project to sink the Fremantle line has already brought about some major changes to the precinct and the work to be done this weekend is the next major step towards completion of this transformational project.”
“The closure will allow the Fremantle line tracks to be moved from the Roe Street side of the rail yard to the Wellington Street side so that work can continue on building the new tunnel; the demolition and rebuild of Platform 9; and construction of a pedestrian underpass to link all Perth Station platforms with Perth Underground.”
The Minister said replacement buses were organised, and there would be a continuous CAT-style shuttle linking Claisebrook, West Leederville and Perth Station.
“Transperth is putting on additional buses to keep passengers moving over the weekend but we encourage commuters to plan ahead and think about alternatives, especially for Friday afternoon peak, which is when the disruption will have the greatest impact.” Mr. Buswell said.
The Mandurah and Joondalup lines will not be affected by the station closure until 8 pm on Sunday, August 19 when all services close. From 8 pm, all trains on all lines will be replaced with bus services.
When passengers return to Perth Station on Monday August 20, a number of platform changes will be in place. The new layout will be in place for about 12 months.
- Perth Station closed 10.30 am Friday, August 17 to 8 pm Sunday, August 19
- Fremantle Line to end at West Leederville Station
- Midland Line to end at Claisebrook Station
- Armadale Line to end at Claisebrook Station
- Thornlie Line to close with bus replacement from Cannington Station
- CAT-style bus service to loop from Claisebrook to West Leederville via Perth Station
- No impact to Mandurah and Joondalup lines for people attending Fremantle v Richmond AFL game at Patersons Stadium on Saturday
- Train passengers can walk from Leederville Station (about 15 minutes), drive or catch a bus to any Fremantle Line station and get the train to West Leederville, or get a football special bus from Claisebrook or Perth
- After the game, south-bound Fremantle Line passengers catch the train as normal, and there will be buses going from the oval to Claisebrook Station (to feed the Armadale-Thornlie and Midland lines
- Mandurah-Joondalup Line passengers can either walk across to Leederville Station (where there will be extra capacity heading north to Clarkson and south – through Perth to the southern suburbs), or catch a bus to the Wellington Street Bus Station, from where it is a quick and easy connection to Perth Underground
- All trains stop: 8 pm to last service Sunday, August 19
- All train lines closed with replacement bus services operating