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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, the connection of the new Thornlie-Cockburn Link to the Mandurah and Thornlie lines, and Byford Rail Extension.
To enable work on these major projects, the Armadale and Thornlie lines are currently shut until mid-2025.
Trains continue to operate between Victoria Park and Perth stations during the shutdown (excluding the first three days), including Stadium Station on weekends, public holidays and event days.
Seven new and five enhanced bus routes will be introduced to the bus network during the shutdown to support existing timetabled services.
Visit the Transperth website for more information on affected services and enhanced bus routes.
The Department of Transport in partnership with METRONET and the Public Transport Authority is collaborating with local governments and schools to deliver the Armadale Line Active Travel project. This program will provide the community with information, maps, resources and support to encourage them to walk, wheel or ride for local trips to school and for leisure during the shutdown.
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Frequently Asked Questions
When is this shutdown happening?
The shutdown is currently underway until mid-2025.
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 extended 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 can I prepare for this disruption?
Passengers are encouraged to sign up for My Alerts through My Account on the Transperth website or app.
Once the shutdown starts:
- Allow extra travel time.
- If you can, travel outside of peak times.
- Plan your journey on the Transperth website or app or call the InfoLine on 13 62 13.
- Check where your closest bus stop is by following signage at stations or checking the Station Access Maps.
- Download the Main Roads WA Traffic-ALT app, via Google Play or the Apple App Store.
- If you require special assistance, please call 1800 800 022 at least one hour before you travel.
How will Transperth services be impacted?
During the shutdown, there will be no train services between Armadale/Thornlie and Victoria Park.
Train services will continue to operate between Victoria Park and Perth stations (noting that there is a three-day full line closure at the start of the shutdown).
Seven new and five enhanced bus routes will be introduced to the bus network to support existing timetabled services.
Transperth has conducted passenger surveys which have helped shape the services that will be provided as well as provide a greater understanding of the impact to the local road network.
For more information on affected services, bus routes, and other frequently asked questions, please visit the Transperth website.
Main Roads WA Traffic-ALT app
The Armadale/Thornlie Line is Transperth’s third busiest train line.
Even with a comprehensive bus network, priority bus lanes and other upgrades in place, travel times will be longer.
Main Roads WA has developed a new app know as Traffic-ALT that will support drivers during the Armadale Line Transformation.
The app is designed to run through a driver's hands-free phone or car stereo Bluetooth, and will provide audio updates on key information such as current traffic congestion, and travel times for different routes.
How will Transwa services be impacted?
From Monday, 20 November 2023 the Australind train will be replaced by road coaches, which will run twice a day in each direction.
The road coach replacements will operate between Bunbury and East Perth Terminal, and will include an all-stops and a limited-stop service.
The limited stop service will allow passengers to transfer to the Mandurah Line at Kwinana Station and connect to the Perth CBD.
More information is available on 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?
Trains will continue to operate between Victoria Park and Perth stations, including Stadium Station on weekends, public holidays and event days.
Changes to suburban event bus services will be necessary. Visit the Transperth website for more information.
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All four gantry cranes are up and running, and have lifted their first precast concrete pier for new elevated rail
Pier installation near Carlisle Station
Piling works at Carlisle Station
Nicholson Road Station precast platform concrete walls being installed
Beams for the elevated rail at Armadale under construction
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