The first round of the shutdown, which will close the Fremantle Line entirely, will start at 7pm on Friday, July 12. Normal services will resume on Thursday, July 18. A second disruption runs from 3pm on Wednesday, July 31, until the last service on Sunday, August 4.
A special 300-passenger ferry will operate between Fremantle and Perth during the disruptions. However, Transperth is suggesting commuters allow additional travel time, stagger their work start and finish times, car pooling or even take leave.
Fremantle Chamber of Commerce chief executive Tim Milsom said it would be short-term pain for long-term gain.
‘The work being carried out is essential to the long-term development of both Perth and Fremantle and customers must understand there will be some inconvenience while this work is completed,’ he said.
– For more on the rail shutdown see page 19.