Four weeks until major planned rail disruption

07 June 2016
Armadale and Thornlie line passengers are being urged to plan ahead for the longest continuous planned train service disruption in Transperth’s history.

Stadium Station May 16

The nine-day line closure is needed so major works can be carried out on Perth Stadium Station.

Transperth spokesman David Hynes said the shuts would affect five business days, and urged passengers who used the Armadale or Thornlie lines to plan ahead and consider their transport options now.

“As with all planned disruptions, train replacement buses will be operating throughout,” Mr Hynes said.

“Passengers who will be using the replacement buses should allow more time to complete their journey or, if possible, consider other options such as staggering their work hours, car-pooling or riding a bike to their destination.

“We understand that nobody likes disruption, but these works are critical to delivering public transport for the new Perth Stadium.”

Mr Hynes said the shut had been carefully timed to avoid any AFL matches, and take place in school and university holidays, when traditionally fewer passengers use the Transperth network.

“For a number of months, we have been building a new set of tracks and four of the six new platforms for Stadium Station,” Mr Hynes said.

“While we have been able to do all of this work right next to an operating rail line with closures at night and on weekends, the time has come to ‘swap’ our services on to the new set of tracks, so we can complete work on the opposite side of the station.

On Friday July 1, the last full service on the Armadale Line will depart Perth for Armadale at 6.47pm and Thornlie from Perth at 7.07pm.  There will also be a half-line service to Cannington that departs Perth at 7.02pm.

Heading to Perth, the last services will depart Armadale at 7.16pm and Thornlie at 7.35pm.

Trains will resume from first service on Sunday July 10, in time for the West Coast v North Melbourne game.

“We are no strangers to planning for events like these – in July and August of 2013, during the sinking of the Fremantle Line for the Perth City Link project, the two city stations were closed about a week at a time, and we successfully managed to keep the impact of those disruptions to a minimum,” Mr Hynes said.

“We will draw on our experience to ensure that these closures also go as smoothly as possible.

“Passengers are reminded that bicycles are not permitted on Transperth buses, including train replacement services.”

For advice on how to get around during the shuts, and more information about the disruption, visit the Transperth website or call the Transperth Info Line on 13 62 13.