One of Perth’s busiest train lines will shut down for a month in what’s been described as the biggest disruption of the public transport network Perth has seen.
The Mandurah line will partially close in late December for an estimated 25 days for construction work on the Metronet Thornlie-Cockburn Link.
The line currently services 60,000 commuter journeys a day.
It’s understood that the line will close completely between Aubin Grove Station and Elizabeth Quay Station while services between Mandurah Station and Aubin Grove Station will be scaled back.
Transport Minister Rita Saffioti said it would be the biggest disruption of the public transport network Perth has seen.
“We know that this shutdown will be disruptive and inconvenient for many people and we apologise in advance for this.”
She added that anyone who may be impacted to start to think about an alternative travel plans, which also included “looking to see if you can take annual leave.”
Ms Saffioti later said that taking annual leave would be a “last resort” option, and that it would be a personal choice for commuters and understood that it wouldn’t be an option for some.
“What we’re asking of people in the southern suburbs is to plan ahead. We don’t want to choke the freeways.”