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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 129-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.
Help us plan for the Armadale Line Shutdown
Major disruptions will take place on the Armadale and Thornlie lines from late-2023 for up to 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.
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.
We will continue to communicate with the community and passengers about replacement services as they come online.
Why is this extended shutdown happening?
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?
The shutdown will impact the Australind Train Service. Extensive consultation will be undertaken with passengers to ensure adequate replacement services.
Will train replacement services be provided?
We will ensure there is adequate replacement services.
Transwa has conducted surveys of passengers to see what services would be best for commuters.
Closer to the date, all the relevant information will be available via the Transwa website.
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.
To help us plan, please provide feedback on how you use the Armadale Line.
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Media releases24 March, 2022
Enabling legislation for major METRONET projects passes Legislative Assembly
The Railway (METRONET) Amendment Bill 2022 has passed the Legislative Assembly, one step closer to authorising the construction of the Byford Rail Extension and the Victoria Park-Canning Level Crossing Removal.
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The Armadale Line Transformation includes three major METRONET projects.
The Victoria Park-Canning Level Crossing Removal aims to improve public transport safety while reducing traffic congestion
The Byford Rail Extension will extend the Armadale Line about 8km south to a new Byford Station
The Thornlie-Cockburn Link will be Perth's first east-west cross line connection