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Input sought on Australind line alternatives

Passengers who use the Transwa Australind rail service in WA will be invited to have their say to help plan replacement services for the upcoming Armadale Line shutdown.

The Australind uses the Armadale Line and connects Perth to Bunbury, two hours away. It will be impacted during the extended shutdown commencing in early 2023, required to facilitate major works on three rail projects.

All options for replacement services are on the table including a direct link between Mandurah and Bunbury, a direct link between Bunbury and the CBD, and an all stops service between Perth and Bunbury.

Transwa has recently purchased two additional fully-accessible road coaches that will be used to help provide these replacement services.

Australind passengers will be contacted from April 1 to take part in the survey, but feedback can also be provided through the Building For Tomorrow website feedback form.

Transport Minister Rita Saffioti acknowledged the Armadale Line closure will be disruptive for Australind passengers, and the Government wanted to hear what replacement services passengers would like to see throughout the closure.

“All options are on the table and we want to hear from passengers and the community to help us plan replacement services,” she said.

“I encourage everyone who receives an invitation to take part in the survey and community members to visit Building for Tomorrow to have their say.”

Bunbury MLA Don Punch said the Australind was a vital part of Bunbury, and while causing some disruption along the way, the temporary closure of the Armadale Line will eventually deliver big improvements to safety and to the way passengers travel to Perth and throughout the South-West.

Murray Wellington MLA Robyn Clarke said the Australind Train Line ran through the Murray-Wellington and stops at seven towns in the electorate.

“I know a lot of community members use the Australind Train. Now is the chance to have your say about what replacement services you would like to see,” he said.