Fremantle railway line
|Fremantle railway line|
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The line was the first suburban railway line in Perth, opening on 1 March 1881. It originally operated as the Eastern Railway and ran between Fremantle and Guildford, via central Perth. During the 1880s, the line was extended through Midland Junction to Chidlow and then to Clackline, York and Northam.
Fremantle was also the location of the first railway workshops for the Western Australian Government Railways. They were relocated to Midland Junction in 1904.
In 1966, the eastern railway metropolitan passenger services terminated at Midland.
During the staging of the 1987 America's Cup several stations south of Fremantle station were used by special trains, including The Esplanade (19.8 km), Success Harbour (20.9 km), South Beach (22.0 km), and Spearwood. All have now since closed, with Spearwood having been demolished. These stations were part of the former Fremantle–Armadale railway line.
During 1990, work commenced on building a new North Fremantle station, 800m north of its original location, which opened for service on 28 July 1991. Leighton Station, which was 700m further north, was demolished during the upgrade of the rail line from diesel to electric power. Regular electric services started in September 1991. The overhead electric wiring for suburban trains terminates at Fremantle Station.
Work is currently being done to sink the Fremantle Line between Lake Street and the Horseshoe Bridge in the Perth CBD to allow for the redevelopment of the area. When the development is completed, Perth Station's Fremantle to Midland platform will become an island platform, with an additional platform and track built on the north side. Platforms 6 and 8, west of the Horseshoe Bridge, will be demolished.
As of April 2011 the work was already behind schedule, and in June 2011 a $237 million cost blow-out was revealed, added to a 2009 project estimate of $500 million. Completion of the development is currently planned for 2014.
The new tunnel is be the first in Western Australia to use a rigid overhead conductor rail instead of overhead wires, the same system as used in the Madrid Metro. With overhead wires, the clearance between the planned tunnel and the existing Joondalup Line tunnel is only 75 cm. By using a conductor rail, the new tunnel can be of a smaller diameter, allowing for an increased clearance between the two. The new tunnel became operational on 18 July 2013.
Below is the annual patronage of Fremantle railway line from 2010–2011 financial year. Figures are provided as total boardings, which includes all fare-paying boardings and free travel on stations within the free transit zones as well as transfers between stations. The figures for rail replacement and special events services are not included in the total.
During peak periods, trains omit some stops.
|Name of station||Code||Zone||Serving suburbs||Pattern stops at this station||Connections|
|Perth||MPH||1, FTZ||Perth, Northbridge||●||●||●||●||●||●||●||●||Through to Midland Line
Platform transfer to Armadale Line, Thornlie Line,
Joondalup Line and Mandurah Line
Transwa Australind service to Bunbury
Bus transfers at Wellington Street bus station
|City West||FCW||1, FTZ||West Perth||●||●||●||●||●||●||●||●|
|West Leederville||FWL||1||West Leederville, Subiaco||●||●||●||●||●||●|
|Subiaco||FSO||1||Subiaco, Wembley||●||●||●||●||●||●||●||●||Bus transfers|
|Shenton Park||FSP||1||Shenton Park||●||●||●||●||●||●||●||CircleRoute|
|Karrakatta||FKA||1||Karrakatta, Mount Claremont||●||●||●||●||●|
|Loch Street||FLS||1||Karrakatta, Claremont Showgrounds||●||●||●||●|
|Showgrounds||FSG||1||Claremont, Claremont Showgrounds||Special events only|
|Grant Street||FGS||2||Cottesloe, Swanbourne||●||●||●||●|
|Cottesloe||FCE||2||Cottesloe, Peppermint Grove||●||●||●||●||●||Bus transfers|
|Mosman Park||FMP||2||Mosman Park, Cottesloe||●||●||●||●||●|
|Victoria Street||FVS||2||Mosman Park, Cottesloe||●||●||●||●||●|
|North Fremantle||FNF||2||North Fremantle||●||●||●||●||●|
|Fremantle||FFE||2||Fremantle||●||●||●||●||●||●||Bus transfers, CircleRoute|
Old Stopping Patterns
- H - (To Fremantle) all stops to Daglish.
School special services
- E - (To Perth only) Stops at Fremantle, all stations from Mosman Park to Claremont, then at Shenton Park, West Leederville, City West and Perth.
- P - (To Perth) Stops at Fremantle and Perth.
- P - (To Fremantle) Departs from Shenton Park, running all stations to Fremantle.
- S - (To Fremantle) Stops at Perth, City West, West Leederville, Subiaco, Shenton Park, Claremont, Swanbourne, Cottesloe, and Fremantle.
- "Perth City Link Rail Master Plan - Lowering of the Fremantle Railway in Perth". Public Transport Authority of Western Australia. 2010-03-30. Retrieved 2011-04-26.
- "Occasional Notes". The West Australian. 21 October 1881. p. 2. Retrieved 10 March 2014.
- Transperth. "Our history". Public Transport Authority of Western Australia. Retrieved 10 March 2014.
- Prior, Neale (2011-06-02). "City Link in $237m cost blowout". The West Australian. Retrieved 22 June 2011.
- "1ha town square to be build [sic] on land when Perth rail goes underground". PerthNow (Sunday Times). 29 November 2011. Retrieved 22 June 2011.
- "WA rail technology first". Public Transport Authority of Western Australia. 6 August 2012. Retrieved 31 August 2012.
- "Transperth patronage". Public Transport Authority. Retrieved 2014-09-27.