AvonLink cut ‘short-sighted’

A petition has been raised to show support for the train service.
A petition has been raised to show support for the train service.

The rail service is set to close in 2014 and Ms Davies said she received many complaints at her office about the planned closure.

‘I’ve been advised the decision was made based on low patronage and the high cost of providing the AvonLink and MerredinLink services,’ she said.

‘It is intended that the service will be replaced with hired road coaches and for the Prospector train to change to an ‘all stopper’ pattern for every service to cater for Merredin travellers.’

Shire of Northam President Steven Pollard said he was also disappointed with the decision but accepted that cuts had to be made in the State Budget.

Ms Davies said the decision seemed short-sighted, especially in light of the growth planning the Department of Regional Development had undertaken through the Supertown’s program.

‘In the interim, people can sign a petition that I intend to table in Parliament prior to the end of the year to demonstrate the community’s concern and support for a regular and affordable public train service to the region.’

Original copies of the signed petitions should be returned to Mia Davies at her electorate office in Northam at the Boulevard shopping centre, Fitzgerald Street or via post to PO Box 92, Northam WA 6401.