Test trains to start running on Mandurah line
The first test train on the new Mandurah line will be running between Perth and Rockingham this morning.
Planning and Infrastructure Minister Alannah MacTiernan said the test train launch was a significant step in the new line’s crucial testing and commissioning process.
“RailLink is operating trains in a series of proving trials between Perth and Mandurah in the coming weeks, before reporting back to the Public Transport Authority,” Ms MacTiernan said.
“They will be testing various elements of the 72km of double-track railway and associated infrastructure in two stages - Perth to Rockingham, and Rockingham to Mandurah.
“These elements include clearances for platforms and other fixed structures, the overhead power lines and associated equipment, track alignment and design, communications and signalling, the automatic train protection (ATP) system and the driver-assist video system (DAVs).
“The trials will be conducted at speeds of up to 130kmh, on both tracks.
“The initial stage is expected to take about 10 days, with the Mandurah component running for a further five days.
“The start of this testing brings us a big step closer towards completion of the new railway.”
The Minister said she hoped to be able to announce a commencement time once the contractor had clarified when the tracks would be freed for driver training.