Transperth ready for crowds

Natasha Brown and her daughter Amelia are planning to use public transport to get around on Australia Day.
Natasha Brown and her daughter Amelia are planning to use public transport to get around on Australia Day.

About 25,000 people are expected to use public transport to get to and from Australia Day events, with Transperth tailoring its services to cater for the increased demand.

Spokeswoman Claire Krol said extra trains and buses would be scheduled for the day, with customer service staff and transit officers also rostered to work.

Osborne Park resident Natasha Brown and her daughter Amelia, who will be eight months old on Australia Day, will be one of the thousands using the Joondalup line to get into the city on the day.

‘With the roadworks and parking, it is a lot easier and cheaper to catch the train,’ Ms Brown said.

‘I’m anticipating it will be a bit busier than usual on the trains, but people are generally fairly courteous, leaving space for prams.’

Commuters using the Mandurah and Joondalup line trains will be most affected by changes made to accommodate the number of passengers.

‘Because post-Skyshow patronage on the Mandurah and Joondalup lines is heaviest, we have developed a system to move people as quickly and safely as possible,’ Ms Krol said.

‘Passengers travelling north on the Joondalup line should go to the Perth Underground. Passengers heading south should go to Esplanade Station.

‘This allows Transperth to move to clear platforms more quickly and get everyone home sooner.’

Southbound trains will not stop at the Underground station and northbound trains will not stop at Esplanade.