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Commuters on Perth’s busiest train line have been warned they will have to find another way into the CBD during an unprecedented month-long shutdown.
The Mandurah line — which services 60,000 journeys-a-day — will be partially closed for up to 25 days in late December to allow for construction work on the Metronet Thornlie-Cockburn Link.
The line will close completely between Aubin Grove Station and Elizabeth Quay Station and operate at a reduced capacity between Mandurah Station and Aubin Grove Station.
Transport Minister Rita Saffioti said it would be the biggest disruption of the public transport network Perth has seen.
“We know that this shutdown will be disruptive and inconvenient for many people and we apologise in advance for this.”
Transport Minister Rita Saffioti backflipped on comments urging people to take annual leave or work from home during the shutdown. Credit: Michael Wilson/The West AustralianShe backed away from comments made to The Sunday Times encouraging people to take annual leave or work from home to ease the expected congestion on the roads.
“We encourage everyone who may be impacted to start thinking about what they may be able to do to make travel throughout this period easier, such as catching the Armadale train line, using a rail replacement bus or even looking to see if you can take annual leave or work from home,” Ms Saffioti said.
At a follow-up media conference on Sunday,she labelled the leave option a “last resort”.
“That'll be a personal choice and personal circumstances. So (taking annual leave) will be a personal choice of commuters. But we also understand that people sometimes can't do that.
“What we're asking of people in the southern suburbs is to plan ahead. We don't want to choke the freeways.”
This article first appeared on www.perthnow.com.au
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