Mandurah railway line

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Mandurah Railway Line
to Clarkson line
0.0 km Perth Underground
0.6 km Esplanade
Mitchell Freeway (southbound)
Riverside Drive
Swan River (Narrows Bridge)
Mill Point Road
Mill Point Road onramp (northbound)
7.3 km Canning Bridge
Canning Highway
Manning Road
Gentilli Way Bridge
Canning River (Mount Henry Bridge)
The Esplanade
Cranford Avenue
Leach Highway
11.7 km Bull Creek
Parry Avenue
South Street
13.8 km Murdoch
Farrington Road
Roe Highway
Thornlie Spur
Forrestfield Freight Line
Berrigan Drive
20.5 km Cockburn Central
Armadale Road
Cockburn Siding
Russell Road
Rowley Road
Anketell Road
Kwinana Freeway Tunnel
Thomas Road
32.9 km Kwinana
Sulphur Road
Challenger Avenue
Wellard Road
37.3 km Wellard
Kwinana Freight Line
Mandurah Road
43.2 km Rockingham
Elanora Drive
Safety Bay Road
47.6 km Warnbro
Stake Hill Road
Paganoni Road
Mandjoogoordap Drive
Gordon Road
Fremantle Road
Mandurah Rail Depot
70.1 km Mandurah
Transperth Railway Lines
List of Transperth stations

The Mandurah Railway Line is a suburban railway line, running through the south western suburbs of Perth, Western Australia. Partly located in the median of the Kwinana Freeway, the line connects Perth with Western Australia's second largest city, Mandurah. The line opened on 23 December 2007.[1] The Mandurah Railway, operating with over 50,000 boardings per day and a Perth to Mandurah journey time of approximately 50 minutes, replaced the existing busway on the Kwinana Freeway, with about 14,000 boardings per day and a Perth to Mandurah journey time of approximately 68 minutes. In this comparison, the Kwinana Freeway busway was implemented at a significantly lower incremental (i.e. adding bus lanes to an existing freeway/road) cost than the railway.[2]


Legislation for the construction of the Mandurah Line was passed in December 1999.[3] The original proposed route branched from the Armadale Line at Kenwick, and then ran alongside the freight lines until Jandakot where it would run in the middle of the Kwinana Freeway. However, a bill passed in November 2002 after a change of state government saw that the route would start at Perth, traverse the Kwinana Freeway, and then continue along its initial route after Jandakot.[4] This second route was much more direct, and allowed through services with the Joondalup Line. However, the second direct route was more costly than the original indirect route. This decision also led to the relocation of the Rockingham railway station from the city centre to the outer edge in order to offset the additional costs of the Perth section. The original route included tunnels to bring the railway into the Rockingham CBD. As a trade-off for relocating Rockingham station to the outer edge, the State Government promised a light rail link to the Rockingham CBD. This was later revised to a Central Area Transit (CAT)-style bus service partly within a dedicated busway.

Construction of the line started in February 2004. The contract for the city centre works, including the tunnels, was awarded to a joint venture of Leighton Contractors and Kumagai Gumi. The contractors used a tunnel boring machine manufactured by Mitsubishi Heavy Industries.[5] The first tunnel was completed on 3 June 2006,[6] and the second tunnel was completed on 27 October 2006.[7]

Between 2004 and 2006, the Leighton Kumagai Joint Venture (LKJV) was affected by a series of industrial disputes involving the Construction Forestry Mining and Energy Union. This culminated in the prosecution of 107 workers for taking illegal industrial action, by the Australian Building and Construction Commission. Prosecution of "the Perth 107" became a national and international cause celebre, in part because it occurred as the Federal Government's industrial relations policy WorkChoices was taking place.

The line was proposed to be opened on 29 July 2007,[8] but was not complete by that date.

From 7 to 14 October 2007 a planned shutdown of the whole Fremantle Line and partial closure of the Clarkson Line between Perth and Leederville stations was undertaken to allow workers to connect the Mandurah Line to the Clarkson Line. On 8 October there was considerable publicity about delays experienced by commuters. This was mainly due to signalling problems associated with works for the shutdown week.[9] As a result of the problems on 8 October and 9 October passengers on the Clarkson line were given free travel from first service until 8:00am.[10] On 15 October the Perth Underground and Esplanade stations were opened. On this day, the railway also carried its first passengers with the extension of Clarkson Line services to Esplanade station.[11]

On 9 November 2007, the first train crossed Narrows Bridge to Rockingham station, testing the new railway line at around 7:30am with a driver and a group of engineers. After the line testing completed, driver training was undertaken.[1]

The line was officially opened on 23 December 2007, with the first train carrying 1500 passengers, including 1000 members of the public selected by ballot.[12] To celebrate, all Transperth bus, train and ferry services were free. On 24 December 2007, new routes and schedules took effect on many services, including the Mandurah Line.[13]

The line replaced bus services that previously travelled along the freeway to the city, which now terminate at Mandurah Line stations. The exception is Canning Highway services, which stop at Canning Bridge station before continuing to the city.[14]

Railway stations[edit]

  • For the station name:
    • Red denotes Perth CBD stations.
    • Orange denotes Mandurah line stations.
    • Black denotes terminuses.
  • For the zones, see Transperth fare zone. FTZ stands for Free Transit Zone.
  • For the patterns, see next section.
  • The section between the Perth underground and Esplanade stations is considered to be part of both the Joondalup and Mandurah Lines.
  • Special event services (such as AFL football games) terminate at West Leederville station on the Fremantle Line. These services skip Esplanade and Perth on the Mandurah Line as well as City West on the Fremantle Line.
Name of Station Code Zones Serving Suburbs Pattern stops at this station Transfers
Mandurah Line
Perth Underground
MPH 1, FTZ Perth, Northbridge All C K W Through to Joondalup Line
Platform transfer to Armadale / Thornlie Line, Fremantle Line, Midland Line, and the Transwa Australind service to Bunbury
Bus transfers at Wellington Street bus station
Esplanade REE 1, FTZ Perth All C K W Through to Joondalup Line
Bus transfers at Esplanade Busport
Canning Bridge RCE 1 Applecross, Como All K W Bus transfers
Bull Creek RBK 2 Bateman, Brentwood, Bull Creek All C K W Bus transfers
Murdoch RMU 2 Bateman, Bull Creek, Murdoch, Leeming All C K W Bus transfers (including CircleRoute), TransWA coach services
Cockburn Central RCL 3 Jandakot, Atwell, Success, Cockburn Central All C K W Bus transfers
Kwinana RKA 4 Bertram, Orelia, Parmelia, The Spectacles All C KU Bus transfers
Wellard RWD 4 Leda, Wellard All C KU Bus transfers
Rockingham RRM 5 Cooloongup, Hillman, Rockingham All C K Bus transfers
Warnbro RWO 5 Warnbro, Waikiki All C Bus transfers
Mandurah RMH 7 Greenfields, Mandurah All C Bus transfers, TransWA coach services

Stopping patterns[edit]

See also[edit]