Fares to be reviewed before trains arrive in Yanchep

Work on the rail extension from Butler to Yanchep is expected to start in early 2020.
Work on the rail extension from Butler to Yanchep is expected to start in early 2020.

THE fare system for train services could change before the rail line to Yanchep opens.

Under the current system, people boarding trains at the future Yanchep station could pay $9.60 for a standard six zone fare to Perth, or $11.30 for a seven zone fare if they caught a bus from Two Rocks first.

That could mean passengers who don’t have concessions or get a SmartRider discount would pay about $18 to $23 a day, plus parking fees.

“We are doing that review of the fare system at the moment,” Transport Minister Rita Saffioti said.

“Any review of the fare system will be finished well before the start of the operation of the rail line.”

A concept design for a green bridge over rail tracks.

Discussing the green bridge proposal for the Metronet rail extension, Ms Saffioti said environmental costs had been factored into the overall budget for the project and the State Government expected to finalise the construction contract in the next two months.

She said the target was still to start passenger train services on the Yanchep line by the end of 2021, although the timeframes would be finalised with the contract.

After Two Rocks Yanchep Residents Association members called for a community celebration to mark the opening of the rail line and promote it as a tourism destination, Ms Saffioti said there would be one.

The minister said road projects, including widening Marmion Avenue and extending the Mitchell Freeway to Romeo Road would also help improve access for people visiting the area.

“Yanchep is a beautiful part of the world,” she said.

A 2018 artist’s aerial impression of the Alkimos Central train station precinct.

Ms Saffioti said PTA was working with DevelopWA and private developers to create “liveable urban town centres” around the Alkimos and Yanchep train stations.

She said while there would be parking nearby, they did not want to “sterilise the land” surrounding the stations.

“We want people to be able to live right next to the station so they can access the station by walking,” she said.

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