Rail closure petition

Transwa will replace the AvonLink service with a twice-daily bus service.
Transwa will replace the AvonLink service with a twice-daily bus service.

Transwa confirmed the AvonLink service will be replaced by a twice-daily bus service on December 30.

Shire of Northam President Steven Pollard said the decision came down to cold, hard economics.

‘I was initially concerned when it came through the State Budget, but I’m yet to see a timetable or new schedule,’ Mr Pollard said.

He said he could understand why the State Government decided to scrap the service, as the train was never at or near full capacity.

The train often carried fewer than 30 passengers, with capacity for 100.

‘It’s always been problematic ” it only suited a certain type of commuter who left Northam very early and came back very late,’ he said. ‘It didn’t cater for other markets. State Opposition Leader Mark McGowan lashed out at the decision.

‘It is a blow to the Avon and a blow to regional WA’