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Tuesday, 27 June 2017

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Improved reliability for Fremantle train line

A project to improve the reliability of the Fremantle train line for Transperth passengers has been completed by the State Government.

The $23.8 million investment involved the installation of a new power supply sub-station and a train crossover facility near City West Station, allowing a train to turn back.

Transport Minister Dean Nalder said more than 30,000 boardings were recorded on the Fremantle Line on an average weekday between Perth and the port city.

Until now, one main substation at East Perth has provided power to the Midland, Armadale/Thornlie and Fremantle lines. The new substation will mean the Fremantle Line has its own source of power to run trains between Fremantle and City West if there is an unexpected interruption in the city.

The new crossover means that, in such an event, trains will be able to use both platforms at City West Station.

"Ensuring public transport remains a reliable, affordable, safe and comfortable way of travelling throughout Perth is well worth this kind of investment," Mr Nalder said.

"The benefits generated by this kind of project cannot be overstated."

Works were completed during night and weekend closures of the Fremantle Line, to minimise passenger disruption.

Fact File

  • More than eight million passenger boardings on the Fremantle Line in 2014-15
  • For information, visit www.transperth.wa.gov.au
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