Bassendean Train Station Lifts

Bassendean Train Station Lifts

ONE of the three lifts at the Bassendean train station was out of action for a day again last week – something that has reportedly occurred more than 80 times over recent years.

The lift on the Railway Parade side of the station broke down on Sunday, April 10 and was repaired the next day.

Transperth posted an alert to its website on April 11, urging commuters to enter the station via the Guildford Road lift or use the closest accessible station.

Public Transport Authority spokesman David Hynes said vandalism was a common cause of the break downs.

“On average, our lifts are operational 98.7 per cent of the time,” he said.

“Our lifts and escalators are some of the hardest working in Perth; last year we invested more than $500,000 in lift and escalator maintenance.

“Deliberate vandalism has caused a quarter of all lift outages at this station in the past two years, and we would urge all passengers who witness suspicious behaviour to report it to the Transperth InfoLine on 13 62 13 as soon as possible.”

He said Bassendean was a “manned” station where passengers experiencing difficulties could ask for assistance directly.

“Passengers with mobility issues can use an underpass at Bassendean Station if the lift is out of order,” he said.

A media report in January this year revealed the lifts at this train station had been out of action more than 80 times in the last two and a half years.

In the report, Bassendean MLA Dave Kelly said he wanted to see alternative access built at the station.

Ashfield resident Robert Cross raised the issue at the March 22 town of Bassendean council meeting.

He said the station needed an upgrade because the lift was frequently out of order, forcing people to walk a fair distance to get to the other side of the station, which was difficult for older people or people with a disability.

Mayor John Gangell informed him the train station was the State Government’s responsibility.