Regional public transport is receiving a major boost with a new identity, new road coaches and new trains for the State Government’s country passenger services.
Planning and Infrastructure Minister Alannah MacTiernan today launched Transwa, which replaces the WA Government Railways’ country passenger division, commonly referred to as Westrail.
“Transwa will offer sophisticated, high speed trains and a fleet of 20 five-star diesel coaches on a 2,500km network of integrated train and coach services,” Ms MacTiernan said.
“With Transwa comes a new look - attractive livery for all vehicles and smart new uniforms for staff - and new technology with an online booking system operating by July.
“However, the outstanding affordability of regional passenger services will be retained with the cost per kilometre about half that of comparable services in Queensland, New South Wales and Victoria.”
Ms MacTiernan said rail improvements, worth $70million, included a new Prospector service to Kalgoorlie, commencing in September; a new AvonLink service to Toodyay and Northam by December; and a $1.4million refurbishment of the Australind for the Perth to Bunbury run.
Ms MacTiernan said a new $11million fleet of 20 coaches would service a road network that reached from Perth to Geraldton, Kalbarri, Meekatharra, Kalgoorlie, Esperance, Albany, Bunbury and many points in between.
Six of the 20-tonne, Scania/Volgren diesel coaches were ready to begin service immediately with the remainder to commence over the next few months.
The launch of Transwa follows the passage through State Parliament in mid-May of the Public Transport Authority Bill, paving the way for a merger of WAGR and Transperth into the Public Transport Authority (PTA).
Transwa will be one of the PTA’s two sub-brands with the other, Transperth, covering urban passenger trains, buses and ferries.
“For the first time we will have one organisation responsible for the delivery of public transport throughout Western Australia,” Ms MacTiernan said.
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