Fremantle railway line

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Fremantle railway line
Continues to Midland line0000000
000.0km Perth
000000Roe Street tunnel
000000Bus lane crossing
Joondalup line
000000West Perth
000000West Perth Subway
001.6km City West
Loftus Street Bridge
002.7km West Leederville
West Leederville Siding
West Leederville football platform
003.7km Subiaco
005.0km Daglish
Daglish Siding
Nicholson Road Subway
005.9km Shenton Park
Aberdare Road Bus Bridge
Karrakatta Subway
007.4km Karrakata
008.0km Loch Street
Old Showgrounds station
Ashton Avenue Bridge
008.6km Showgrounds
000000 (special events only)
Showgrounds Siding
Graylands Road Subway
009.3km Claremont
Butlers Siding
Stirling Road Subway
010.4km Swanbourne
Swanbourne Bridge
011.1km Grant Street
Eric Street Bridge
012.4km Cottesloe
Jarrad Street Crossing
Salvado Street Crossing
013.5km Mosman Park
Victoria Street Crossing
014.2km Victoria Street
016.2km North Fremantle
North Fremantle (1881-1991)
Tydeman Road Bridge
North Quay Container Terminal Spur
Swan River
Victoria Quay Road
Dual-gauge diversion around station
East Fremantle
018.7km Fremantle
Dual-gauge diversion
Fremantle (at Cliff St)
Phillimore Street Crossing
019.8km The Esplanade
Mews Road Crossing
Capo d'Orlando Drive Crossing
020.9km Success Harbour
Success Harbour Crossing
Ocean Road Crossing
022.0km South Beach
Transperth railway lines
List of Transperth stations

Fremantle Line is a suburban railway line in Perth, Western Australia. Trains operate from Fremantle across Perth's western suburbs, through Perth Station to Midland.[1]


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.

Plaque commemorating the closure of the Fremantle Line in 1979

Railway services on the Fremantle line were suspended on 1 September 1979 during the Court government, but were reinstated on 29 July 1983 by a new Labor government.

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.[2][3]

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.[1] 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.[1]

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.[4][5] Completion of the development is currently planned for 2014.[1]

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.[6] 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.[7]

Fremantle railway line annual patronage
Year Patronage ±%
2010–11 8,198,224
2011–12 8,679,139 +5.87%
2012–13 8,866,211 +2.16%
2013–14 8,284,716 −6.56%


During peak periods, trains omit some stops.

Fremantle Line
Name of station Code Zone Serving suburbs Pattern stops at this station Connections
All A B D↓ D↑ K L S
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
Daglish FDH 1 Daglish, Jolimont
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
Claremont FCT 1 Claremont Bus transfers
Swanbourne FSE 2 Swanbourne, Claremont
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[edit]

  • H - (To Fremantle) all stops to Daglish.

School special services[edit]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b c d "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. 
  2. ^ "Occasional Notes". The West Australian. 21 October 1881. p. 2. Retrieved 10 March 2014. 
  3. ^ Transperth. "Our history". Public Transport Authority of Western Australia. Retrieved 10 March 2014. 
  4. ^ Prior, Neale (2011-06-02). "City Link in $237m cost blowout". The West Australian. Retrieved 22 June 2011. 
  5. ^ "1ha town square to be build [sic] on land when Perth rail goes underground". PerthNow (Sunday Times). 29 November 2011. Retrieved 22 June 2011. 
  6. ^ "WA rail technology first". Public Transport Authority of Western Australia. 6 August 2012. Retrieved 31 August 2012. 
  7. ^ "Transperth patronage". Public Transport Authority. Retrieved 2014-09-27.