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Armadale Line Transformation Rail improvements

Perth to Armadale


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Elevated rail, new stations, level crossing removals, the extension of the line to Byford and Perth's first east-west cross line connection are set to completely transform travel along the Armadale Line. 

The 130-year-old train line is set to be transformed through three significant METRONET projects: Victoria Park-Canning Level Crossing Removal, Byford Rail Extension, and the connection of the new Thornlie-Cockburn Link to the Thornlie Line. 

To enable work on these three projects to occur as quickly and safely as possible, the Armadale and Thornlie lines will be shut down for up to 18 months, starting in late-2023. A number of shutdown options were examined, and the extended shutdown is the least disruptive option for passengers, motorists, and the local community.

Preparations for the shutdown are ramping up. Works on three new bus interchanges are under way, while construction of 1.2 km of priority bus lanes and road modifications along Albany Highway, Welshpool and Shepperton Roads is scheduled to begin June 2023. 

Help us plan for the Armadale Line Shutdown

Major disruptions will take place on the Armadale and Thornlie lines from late-2023 for 18 months.

During the shutdown, it is intended that the Armadale Line will continue to operate between Victoria Park Station and the CBD, including Stadium Station. Train replacement services will be determined as part of the planning process.

More information on the details of the shutdown will be available on this page in the coming months.

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Frequently Asked Questions

  • When is this shutdown happening?

    The shutdown will start late-2023, with exact timings to be confirmed.

    We are announcing the shutdown in advance so we can give passengers and the wider community as much notice as possible and begin consulting with stakeholders.

    We have conducted surveys of passengers on the Armadale and Thornlie lines including Australind passengers and education facilities.

    Significant works are under way to prepare for the shutdown, with three temporary bus interchanges and about 1.2 kilometres of priority bus lanes to be built. 

    We will continue to communicate with the community and passengers about replacement services as they come online.

  • Why is this extended shutdown happening?

    The upgrades being made to the Armadale Line include the removal of 13 level crossings, construction of seven new stations and the addition of 5.5 km of Perth's first elevated rail.

    The 18-month shutdown was carefully considered along with several alternative options, including multiple temporary and shorter shutdowns over a longer period of time.

    It was determined shorter shutdowns could have prolonged the project and mean more disruption than necessary to passengers and the community.

    The shutdown will effectively create a ‘greenfield site’ which will allow for a more efficient construction of the elevated rail, which delivers the project in a shorter timeframe and provides a safer environment for construction workers.

  • How will Transperth services be impacted?

    How will the shutdown affect Armadale Line services?

    During the shutdown, it is intended that the Armadale Line will continue to operate between Victoria Park Station and the CBD, including Stadium Station.

    Once details are confirmed, we will give passengers and the wider community plenty of notice to plan ahead with a comprehensive advertising campaign to be rolled out.

    Will train replacement services be provided?

    Yes, there will be a train replacement service provided.

    Transperth has conducted passenger surveys which will help shape the services that will be provided as well as provide a greater understanding of the impact to the local road network. 

    Closer to the date, all the relevant information will be available via the Transperth website.

  • How will Transwa services be impacted?

    How will the shutdown affect Australind services?

    Train services between Perth and Bunbury will be replaced by road coaches for the duration of the shutdown.

    More information will be available on the Transwa website closer to the shutdown.

  • How will the works impact nearby residents?

    Residents who live along the Armadale and Thornlie lines may experience construction impacts as well as increased bus movements nearby.

    Construction impacts may include noise, dust, vibration, increased light from temporary lighting and more heavy vehicles on local roads and near-site access points.

    Specific works will be confirmed and communicated to residents ahead of time, and every effort will be made to reduce impacts to nearby residents.

  • How will transport to Optus Stadium and other major events be managed?

    Transperth will work with the venue manager at Perth Stadium and other event organisers to minimise the impact on events.

  • How can I prepare for this disruption?

    Specific information will be available closer to the date via the Transperth website.


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  • Greater transport choice and seamless connections for Perth’s south-east communities to the Perth CBD, Optus Stadium and the wider metropolitan area
  • Modern stations and improved facilities
  • Increased safety and reduced traffic congestion for vehicles, pedestrians and cyclists
  • New public open spaces for the community to enjoy

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