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Transport Minister Troy Buswell has urged Perth commuters to take time to plan around a rail shutdown to allow final work on the new Fremantle rail tunnel as part of the Perth City Link project.
Mr Buswell said the tunnel work was pivotal to the Perth City Link project which sinks the Fremantle rail line, reconnecting the city centre with Northbridge for the first time in more than 100 years.
Perth Station, Perth Underground and the entire Fremantle line will close at 7pm on Friday for five days.
Normal services are scheduled to resume on Thursday, July 18 when the new tunnel becomes operational.
Transperth has scheduled extra buses during the closures. It has also scheduled five daily non-stop ferry trips from Fremantle to Barrack Street.
The Minister said the closure was the first of two needed to complete work on the 600 metre-long tunnel - part of the State Government’s transformation of the heart of Perth.
“This work is absolutely essential to this development which will change the face of Perth. It will allow the new Fremantle line tunnel to be connected to the Transperth rail network,” he said.
“There is simply no other way to get the Fremantle line up and running through the tunnel than to close these parts of the network while the work is being undertaken.
“Even though Transperth has extra buses running, there are likely to be some delays, so passengers should plan their journeys and allow for additional travel time.
“We are asking that people consider staggering their work start and finish times, take some flexi time, carpool or ride to work.”
“I know this will be inconvenient for many people but I want to thank them for being patient and to ask them to understand that this project is a key part of the delivery of a world-class development.
The shutdown will also mean:
Mr Buswell said a second closure would be necessary between July 31 and August 4 to allow more work.
The Fremantle line would again be closed for the shutdown, but the Midland, Thornlie and Armadale lines would not be disrupted. Again, Joondalup and Mandurah line passengers will be able to travel on the train only as far as Leederville and Esplanade stations respectively.
The Minister said Transperth launched a major public awareness and information campaign six weeks ago to provide commuters with advance warning of the shutdowns.
This article first appeared on www.mediastatements.wa.gov.au
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