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Community surveyed on Armadale line shutdown

A commuter and community survey to help plan replacement services for the 18-month shutdown of the widely-used Armadale Line in Perth is now open.

Passenger surveys have started, with independent surveyors talking with Armadale Line commuters. A survey for passengers who use the Australind service between Bunbury and Perth has also commenced.

The results from this consulation will help shape replacement services by outlining where most commuters are going and at what times, how people may change their travel behaviour during the shutdown, and help outline any potential impacts on the local road network.

Options to be considered include:

  • new limited-stops express bus services from Armadale to Cannington to the CBD;
  • new limited-stops express bus services from Cannington to the CBD; and
  • new bus services, possibly linking Armadale and other key stations to the Mandurah Line via Cockburn Station and the Airport Line.

The works are expected to start in early 2023. During this time, it is intended that part of the Armadale Line will continue to operate between Victoria Park Station and the CBD, including Perth Stadium Station.

METRONET is working with local governments and stakeholders affected by the shutdown, including schools, to minimise the impacts and plan effective train replacement services for those using the Armadale Line and Australind services.

The shutdown is required to complete works on three major projects including extending the rail line to Byford, tying in the Thornlie-Cockburn Link at Thornlie Station, six brand new stations and elevating the rail through Victoria Park and Cannington.

While a number of shutdown options were examined, the extended shutdown was the preferred option, as it was seen as the least disruptive over the longer term and allows the project to be undertaken faster with a safer workplace environment.

An extended shutdown means both projects can be constructed safely and efficiently over a shorter timeframe and provide certainty for replacement bus services.

Visit Transperth for more information on the survey.

Additionally, there are further opportunities to provide feedback through the Building For Tomorrow website feedback form.