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TRAINS have restarted on the Perth to Fremantle line after weekend maintenance work caused problems ahead of the Monday peak hour.
Services were back on line from about 7am at heavily reduced speeds to cope with passenger numbers.
Transperth spokesman David Hynes said the problem started when weekend work at the City West station was not finished on time.
“Because signal commissioning had not been completed, no trains were able to run,” he said.
Replacement buses started from 5.20am on Monday when trains would have normally started running.
“Because replacement buses struggle to cope with the load — and traffic — during peak, a decision was made to run slower trains to help get through the morning rush,” Mr Hynes said.
“Though this will slightly delay the return to full normal running, it will provide a much better service for the peak than just relying on the buses.
Normal services are expected to resume midmorning.
It’s the second weekend in a row where maintenance work has caused problems for Transperth.
Last week work on the SmartParker system saw the payment system shut down and free parking in place from Monday to Wednesday.
The shut down saw Transperth forgo about $160,000 in parking fees over the three days.
Originally published as Fremantle trains make slow return
This article first appeared on www.heraldsun.com.au
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