Transperth apologises for Mandurah line cancellation, blames broken part on overhead line

Crowds at Elizabeth Quay Busport yesterday afternoon. Picture: Rachel Fenner
Crowds at Elizabeth Quay Busport yesterday afternoon. Picture: Rachel Fenner

TRANSPERTH says yesterday’s Mandurah line cancellation was due to the failure of a part that holds the overhead wire supplying power to the trains.

Spokeswoman Claire Krol told ABC Perth radio this morning that that part “broke and damaged the wire”.

“We do apologise to passengers,” she said.

“We’ve had a lot more night closures recently to do works on the network. Obviously something went through to the keeper but we’ll do a full investigation and try to make sure it doesn’t happen again.”

Commuters in Perth were left stranded and faced with up to an hour’s wait for replacement buses at Elizabeth Quay Busport.

One told ABC Perth radio his southbound replacement bus took a wrong turn and briefly went back the way it’d come up the freeway.

He also said the driver was asking passengers for directions.