Pam Beggs

Pam Beggs

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    Late night train services for suburban lines

    31/01/1993 12:00 AM
     
     
    Late night train services will run on the suburban railway lines on Fridays and Saturdays under a proposal by Transport Minister and Whitford MLA Pam Beggs.
     
    Mrs Beggs today said the Government proposed to introduce the after-midnight schedules in March after the full-scale implementation of the northern rail line.
     
    The late trains would run on the Armadale, Midland, Fremantle and Joondalup lines.
     
    Mrs Beggs said the `early hours' services would run at 1 am and 1.30 am and stop at major stations.  Taxi drivers would be allowed to pick up passengers from the station precincts, including busways, and take multiple hirings.
     
    "These services will run for a trial period of three months with a view to extending them if the demand warrants it," she said.
     
    "The trials also will coincide with the lead-up to the introduction of new 0.05 drink driving legislation from next June.
     
    "So people who like to go out on Friday and Saturday nights can do so knowing they do not have to risk drinking and driving, because there will be a more flexible train service."
     
    Mrs Beggs said youth advisory groups in the northern suburbs had raised the possibility of late night train services with her last year, when proposed timetables and bus routes were being discussed.
     
    She had said that so far as after-midnight services were concerned, these would be investigated when the new service was running.
     
    "The initial timetable includes a midnight train from Perth, but the two later trains will be introduced as part of the assessment to gauge the demand," Mrs Beggs said.