MIDLAND line passengers need to plan ahead, with a four-day, full-line shutdown to start this week.
From the evening of Thursday, September 21 to the start of services on Tuesday, September 26, train services on the Midland line will be replaced by buses.
Transperth spokesman David Hynes said the disruption was required to facilitate major construction works on the $25 million East Perth station upgrade project.
“These works – which include laying new tracks, installing a new cross-over so trains can turn at the station, installing platform walls, pouring the foundation slab and installing the canopy and stair foundations – cannot be completed without a full shut down of the line, which involves turning off the overhead power,” he said.
“The closure has been scheduled to minimise disruption to passengers and will run over the Queen’s Birthday public holiday weekend, so that weekday peak-hour commuters are minimally affected.
“While this line closure will occur during the first three days of the Perth Royal Show, only the Midland line will be impacted.”
Mr Hynes said replacement buses would cater for people travelling to the Perth Royal Show.
“All other train lines will operate as usual, with extra Perth Royal Show services stopping at the showgrounds station on the Fremantle line.”
He said passengers travelling on the Midland line to and from the Royal Show were eligible for free travel.
“Just grab a travel pass from your driver when you board the train replacement bus.
“Replacement bus services can take longer than trains, so passengers are encouraged to plan ahead and leave extra time to complete their journey.’’
For information on how to get around during the shutdown, passengers should visit the Transperth website or call the Transperth Info Line on 13 62 13.
He said the $25m East Perth upgrade would make the station more modern, accessible and better able to host larger crowds when the Perth stadium opens in 2018.