- Survey now open to plan for replacement services during Armadale Line shutdown
- Passengers and community urged to have their say with survey open until mid-April
- Specific Australind passenger survey to commence on March 28
- Armadale Line to shut down for up to 18 months in early 2023 to enable works on three METRONET projects
- Includes six new stations, removing 12 level crossings and creating new open spaces
A commuter and community survey to help plan replacement services for the Armadale Line shutdown is now open.
Passenger surveys will start today, with independent surveyors talking with Armadale Line commuters.
A survey for passengers who use the Australind service between Bunbury and Perth will commence on March 28.
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.
During this time, it is intended that 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 METRONET 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 METRONET projects can be constructed safely and efficiently over a shorter timeframe and provide certainty for replacement bus services.
For more information about this survey please visit Transperth for more information.
Additionally, there are further opportunities to provide feedback through the Building For Tomorrow website feedback form.
Comments attributed to Transport Minister Rita Saffioti:
"We know an 18-month shutdown will be disruptive for many passengers, drivers and the broader community.
"That's why we have announced this shutdown as early as possible, so we can survey the community, find out what replacement services they need and work to deliver these services while also understanding the potential impacts on traffic and local roads.
"The Armadale Line survey is now open and the specific Australind focused survey will open on March 28, and I encourage everyone to have their say.
"When complete, these three METRONET projects will be a game-changer for our south-eastern suburbs through the transformation of the Armadale Line, creating more opportunities for thousands of residents."
Minister's office - 6552 5500