Observations (Transperth, A & B series)

 
  LL10194 Station Master

Location: Perth
We must be getting close to the last of the B-Series to be delivered. Does anyone know the details?

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  Mouse Chief Train Controller

Location:
The final B series train (set 126) is due to enter service next week: https://metronet.wa.gov.au/news-info/news/category/railcar-program/final-b-series-railcar-delivered

Also, the Midland line (and presumably Fremantle as well) will soon have a new timetable with the peak time express patterns removed:

•Forrestfield-Airport Link will require a new ‘all-stops’ timetable to run services
•Transperth Train Operations have agreed to implement the new timetable in mid-2019 ahead of Forrestfield-Airport Link services
Metronet


https://metronet.wa.gov.au/Portals/26/Documents/DocumentListModule/Bayswater%20Station%20Upgrade%20CAG%201%20-%20presentation.pdf?ver=2019-05-13-124756-950
  Mouse Chief Train Controller

Location:
New timetables from 21 July:

http://www.transperth.wa.gov.au/timetablepdfs/Fremantle%20Line%2020190721.pdf
http://www.transperth.wa.gov.au/timetablepdfs/Joondalup%20Line%2020190721.pdf
http://www.transperth.wa.gov.au/timetablepdfs/Mandurah%20Line%2020190721.pdf
http://www.transperth.wa.gov.au/timetablepdfs/Midland%20Line%2020190721.pdf

  • Express patterns have been removed from the Fremantle and Midland lines in preparation for the future Forrestfield Airport line, though the Fremantle line D pattern remains with one train per direction per day between Perth and Shenton Park (but no longer Loch Street) during school peak times.
  • The 10 minute peak frequency operates for slightly longer while the 15 minute daytime frequency now extends until 8pm on both lines, 7 days per week.
  • The 15 minute frequency starts an hour earlier on Saturdays, and Sunday services will operate every 15 minutes right from the first services (which on the Midland line will be half an hour earlier).
  • Joondalup and Mandurah lines have the 15 minute frequency extended a further half hour on weeknights (i.e. to 9:23pm), and the Mandurah line has an additional late night trip each direction on Sundays.

Also a large number of bus changes from the same date, including a new route 96 from Leederville to UWA.

Two B sets will be allocated to the Fremantle and Midland lines during peak times.
  witzendoz Junior Train Controller

Location: Fremantle
So the express trains are being removed from the Fremantle line, so the time travelling to work has increased?  This must be an incentive to use the train to work in the city, NOT.

How does the removal of the express Fremantle line have anything at all to do with the airport line?
  X Class Locomotive Driver

So the express trains are being removed from the Fremantle line, so the time travelling to work has increased?  This must be an incentive to use the train to work in the city, NOT.

How does the removal of the express Fremantle line have anything at all to do with the airport line?
witzendoz
My understanding is that the Airport trains will continue through Perth on to the Fremantle line.  The first story I heard is that they will terminate at Daglish where there is already a siding in place which can accommodate the turn arounds.  I have since heard that they might even have them terminating at Claremont (which doesn't have a turning facility at this stage).  So if these trains are going to traverse the Fremantle line part of the way, it seems that timetable adjustments are needed so that the Airport services can be slotted in to the schedule.  I'm thinking that these services will run express or semi-express (though that's just me assuming so).  Some platform extensions might be required if they are going to be running as six car sets, but good luck with extending Subiaco's platforms.
  witzendoz Junior Train Controller

Location: Fremantle
Claremont station is getting an extra platform as part of Metro-net,  https://www.metronet.wa.gov.au/projects/claremont
so the Claremont to Forrestfield trains may be the plan.  Subiaco's platforms are quite long, maybe they can accommodate 6 cars already?  I hope when this all happens we don't loose any services on the Fremantle line past Claremont.

Just an edit, looking at the plan now it looks like just turn-backs at Claremont not an extra platform as was originally announced.
  LL10194 Station Master

Location: Perth
witzendoz, you beat me to it, I was looking up the links for the Claremont works, came back and you have put it up. I confess that I don't recall any talk of an extra platform there, just platform extension, DDA compliance and new bus interchange.

The FAL connection means that there will be higher frequency services between Claremont and Bayswater, a bit like the current higher frequencies between Cockburn Central and Whitfords.

The main good thing is that they did decide to do the turnback at Claremont instead of Daglish, so a few more stations get the benefit of the higher frequency.

I'm fairly sure that Subi only takes four cars at the moment, but seem to recall one of the PTA annual reports a few years ago including mention of purchase of land to allow for future platform extension works there. In the short term we can just look forward to the B's cascading down to the older lines when the C's start to arrive.

I doubt that Freo will get much more until gentrification finally kicks in there. At least the line was reopened.

And thanks again to Mouse for your always well informed input.

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