Stadium rail testing underway
The first major exercise was carried out on Saturday, October 21 and involved running dozens of trains through the new station.
It allowed engineers, train drivers and controllers and customer service staff to test various systems including signalling, track, communications and lighting as well as staff procedures.
The exercise also allowed the testing to occur on other parts of the transport plan such as the impact of closing the Moore Street level crossing for several hours (as will occur for all major events at Perth Stadium) and testing the new stow roads (train storage areas) at Victoria Park and Burswood.
PTA spokesman David Hynes said the test was part of the well-planned, well-executed public transport strategy for Perth Stadium.
“We’ve known from day one that 83 per cent of people will get to Perth Stadium using public transport,” he said.
“Over the past five years a huge amount of effort has gone into ensuring the station is well-designed and well-constructed.
“We are now in the commissioning phase of operations, designed to test our transport plan and make any improvements to it before we open it to the public next year.
“It’s also an important part of ensuring that our drivers and staff are familiar with the station.”
Perth Stadium Station and its associated track works cost about $100 million. It is the second biggest railway station on the Transperth network.
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