Take Transperth to Australia Day celebrations this year
With the City of Perth’s 2015 Australia Day Skyworks and the City of Fremantle’s 2015 Indian Ocean Fireworks just around the corner, passengers planning to catch Transperth services to the foreshore celebrations have been urged to plan ahead to ensure their night goes off with a bang, not a fizzle.
Transperth spokeswoman Claire Krol said Australia Day was always the busiest day on the calendar, and urged passengers to check the Transperth website ahead of time to ensure they were at the right station.
“Last year there were about 250,000 passenger journeys on our services on Australia Day,” he said.
“That’s why we ask people to plan their journey in advance so they know how to get to the fireworks and most importantly, home again at the end of the show.
“To cope with the sheer volume of passengers on our services, for several years we have allocated passengers on the Mandurah and Joondalup Lines to specific stations in order to move people away from the event as quickly as possible.
“Additional customer service staff will be working and every available transit officer will be on duty on the day to help people reach their destinations.
“Passengers travelling north on the Joondalup line should go to Perth Underground.
“Passengers heading south should go to Esplanade Station. No southbound trains will stop at the Underground, and no northbound trains will stop at Esplanade.”
Ms Krol said tens of thousands of revelers travelled into the city throughout the day to watch the Skyworks, but once the main event was over there was a rush of people trying to get home.
“Every year people want to get home as quickly as possible and with that in mind we spend months planning the services for the day,” Ms Krol said.
“It is important to note that celebrating passengers also have a role to play, and we encourage them to embrace fun of the day, while remaining respectful to their fellow travellers and Transperth staff.”
After the fireworks, trains will runs as follows:
ESPLANADE STATION - Mandurah Line passengers only.
PERTH UNDERGROUND - Joondalup Line passengers only. Enter from Murray Street Mall (west end).
PERTH STATION - Armadale, Thornlie, Fremantle and Midland line passengers only.
Armadale Line: Platform 5. Enter from Wellington Street main entrance.
Thornlie Line: Platform 4. Enter from Eastern Concourse or Wellington Street main entrance.
Fremantle Line: Platform 7. Enter from Eastern Concourse.
Midland Line: Platform 8. Enter from Eastern Concourse.
Ferry services will operate on a Sunday timetable from 7.50am but stop for the day at noon. Both the Mends Street jetty and the Transperth section of the Barrack Street Jetty will be closed to the public after this time.
A good tip for families looking to save on the cost of individual fares is to purchase a FamilyRider ticket for $11.80. A FamilyRider carries the entitlement of unlimited travel for up to seven people (two standard and five concession fares), with no time constraints on weekends and public holidays. FamilyRiders are available only as a cash ticket from bus drivers or ticket vending machines at stations.
For more information on Australia Day services, visit the Transperth website at www.transperth.wa.gov.au or download the Transperth App for iOS and Android here.