Family admits station has question mark over safety

Bob and Nicola Collins with their children Jorjia, Maddie and Ava.
Bob and Nicola Collins with their children Jorjia, Maddie and Ava.

The couple often use the Armadale line to get into the city, but Mrs Collins said she avoided going to Armadale station when possible, and instead caught the train at Thornlie station.

‘I will drive to Thornlie because it is quicker (to Perth) but it also feels a lot safer,’ she said.

‘Armadale has that unsafe stereotype, and it isn’t family friendly.’

Mrs Collins said she would go to Armadale station by herself if she had to, but she was hesitant to take her children there.

‘The kids are frightened.

‘They have seen people swearing and screaming,’ she said.

Bob Collins said he regularly used the line between Gosnells and Armadale, when he was a teenager and witnessed a lot of anti-social behaviour, as security was ‘non existent’ back then.

Although he thinks security had improved, he said the Armadale line still had a stigma attached to it.

‘I don’t feel threatened, but I can see how other people do.’

The couple also believe limited parking space at Armadale station, especially with the introduction of paid parking, deterred people from using the line.

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