Take the shutdown in your stride

Transperth passenger Marion Heavens took the opportunity to exercise during the three day train station closure. Pictures: Marcus Whisson www.communitypix.com.au d404534
Transperth passenger Marion Heavens took the opportunity to exercise during the three day train station closure. Pictures: Marcus Whisson www.communitypix.com.au d404534

Commuter chaos was expected with the closure of the two major train stations, due to the new Fremantle line being connected and tested, but Mrs Heavens said all went smoothly from her experience.

‘I usually drive to Stirling, go to the gym, then catch the train into the city on the Joondalup Line.

‘I got on the train as usual but got off in Leederville (where the train line ended) and walked 25 minutes into the city,’ Mrs Heavens said.

While thousands of commuters had their travel plans disrupted by the shutdown, many adapted and used the buses which were provided instead, she said.

Despite being caught out in the rain a few times, while making the walk over the three business days, from July 15 to July 17 when the stations were shut, Mrs Heavens said she would do it all again.

‘I would recommend other people to do the same during the next big shutdown. I really had no problems at all,’ she said.

The next train station shutdown will take place from Wednesday, July 31, to Sunday, August 4.

Perth Underground will be closed, but Perth Station will remain open.