As part of METRONET’s Thornlie-Cockburn Link Project, there will be essential works on the Mandurah Line resulting in a Shutdown between Aubin Grove and Elizabeth Quay stations from first service on Sunday 26 December until last service on Friday 14 January 2022.

The work includes moving the Mandurah Line tracks to edges of the rail corridor to make room for the new Thornlie-Cockburn Link tracks.

The Thornlie-Cockburn Link is Perth’s first east-west rail connection, providing a higher level of public transport service to Perth’s southern suburbs. The new 17.5km line includes two new stations at Nicholson Road and Ranford Road as well as upgrades to Thornlie Station, Cockburn Central Station and Stadium Station.

The Christmas-New Year period was chosen for this Shutdown because it is the quietest time for public transport and the freeway (where train replacement bus services will operate).

Download the Mandurah Line Shutdown brochure.

Major changes to train services

Between Sunday 26 December and Friday 14 January, services on the Mandurah Line will be operating as follows:

Trains cancelled between Elizabeth Quay and Aubin Grove. Reduced service between Aubin Grove and Mandurah
  • Trains will be cancelled between Aubin Grove and Elizabeth Quay stations
  • Reduced, 15-minute service during peak periods
  • Outside of peak periods, train frequencies will not change.

Train replacement buses between Aubin Grove and Perth

Train replacement buses will operate between Aubin Grove Station and a temporary bus station at the Perth Convention and Exhibition Centre, known as PCEC.

Train replacement bus services will be scheduled to match the train timetable as closely as possible, however, since buses operate on roads instead of dedicated tracks, they take longer and are affected by traffic.

Express buses to and from PCEC will operate from Aubin Grove, Cockburn Central, Murdoch and Bull Creek stations.

There will also be an All Stops service operating between Aubin Grove and Canning Bridge stations.

Download a walking map between Elizabeth Quay Station and PCEC.

Route 949 will depart from the following stands:

  • Aubin Grove Station – stands 1, 2, 3 and 4
  • PCEC – Stand 4

Estimated peak journey time: 45 minutes

Regular, timetabled bus services which usually depart from Stands 1, 2, 3 and 4 at Aubin Grove Station will now depart from temporary bus stops in the northern carpark.

Download the Aubin Grove Station access map

Aubin Grove Station – Route 949

Route 939 will depart from the following stands:

  • Cockburn Central – stands 7 and 8
  • PCEC – Stand 3

Estimated peak journey time: 38 minutes

Download the Cockburn Central Station access map

Cockburn Central – Route 939

Route 929 will depart from the following stands:

  • Murdoch Station – stands 0 and 1
  • PCEC – Stand 2

Estimated peak journey time: 40 minutes

Download the Murdoch Station access map

Murdoch Station – Route 929

To cater for Fiona Stanley, train replacement bus services, routes 909 and 929, will travel via the hospital and pick up at bus stops on Barry Marshall Parade.

  • Route 929 will operate express via the hospital between Murdoch Station and PCEC. This service will operate from first service until after the evening shift change
  • Route 909 will operate from first to last service, stopping at all stations from Aubin Grove to Canning Bridge stations, via the hospital. After PM peak, this service will extend to PCEC.

Fiona Stanley Hospital

Route 919 will depart from the following stands:

  • Bull Creek Station – stands 0 and 1
  • PCEC – Stand 1

Estimated peak journey time: 25-30 minutes

Download the Bull Creek Station access map

Bull Creek Station – Route 919

To ease congestion in the CBD, there will be no Perth - Canning Bridge train replacement bus services until after PM peak.

During this time, passengers travelling to the city will need to catch one of the many timetabled services operating from this station.

After PM peak, Route 909 will extend to travel between Canning Bridge Station and PCEC.

The following timetabled services operate between Canning Bridge and Elizabeth Quay Bus Station:

  • Route 111 – to East Perth (WACA Ground) via Freeway and Elizabeth Quay. Departing Stand 2
  • Route 114 – to Elizabeth Quay Bus Station via Freeway. Departing Stand 2
  • Route 115 – to Elizabeth Quay Bus Station via Freeway. Departing Stand 2
  • Route 158 – to Elizabeth Quay Bus Station via Freeway. Departing Stand 2
  • Route 160 – to East Perth (WACA Ground) via Freeway and Elizabeth Quay. Departing Stand 2
  • Route 910 – to Perth Busport via Canning Highway. Departing Stand 1.

Passengers traveling towards Mandurah can catch Route 909 from first to last service.

Download the Canning Bridge Station Access Map.

Canning Bridge Station

All Stops - Route 909

Route 909 will stop at all stations between Aubin Grove and Canning Bridge during the day and early evening.

After approximately 7pm, services travel to PCEC.

Train Services - Mandurah to Aubin Grove

Platform Changes

Please be aware that there will be platform changes during the Shutdown and trains will operate from either platform.

Follow the Passenger Information Displays or speak to our friendly staff at stations.

If you require special assistance, call 1800 800 022 at least one hour before you travel.

Train frequency

Train times between Mandurah and Aubin Grove stations will differ by approximately two minutes, which may impact bus/train connections. 

Please plan your journey using the JourneyPlanner, and allow extra travel time. 

Watch the video on traveling between Mandurah and Aubin Grove here.

Using train replacement buses

Since buses operate on roads instead of dedicated tracks, they take longer and are affected by traffic. During the Shutdown, we suggest that passengers allow extra travel time. It is also important to note that regular timetabled services may not connect with train replacement services.

If you are unsure about where the train replacement stop is at your station, you can check our Station Access maps or speak to one of our friendly staff.

Due to restricted space, bicycles are not permitted on Transperth buses, including train replacement services.

How can I prepare for this disruption?

The Mandurah Line is Transperth’s busiest and even with a comprehensive train replacement bus plan in place, travel times will be longer. Plan ahead and consider alternative travel and work arrangements where possible.

  • Sign up to My Account via our website or app and subscribe to receive email or app notifications
  • Plan your journey using the JourneyPlanner or call 13 62 13
  • Allow additional travel time 
  • Check where your replacement bus stop is by following signage at stations or checking our Station Access maps
  • Where possible, avoid travelling during peak times
  • Track your service live using the Transperth app
  • If you require special assistance, please call 1800 800 022 at least one hour before you travel.

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FAQs

As part of METRONET’s Thornlie-Cockburn Link Project, there will be essential works on the Mandurah Line resulting in a major disruption to train services between Elizabeth Quay and Aubin Grove stations.

The Thornlie-Cockburn Link is Perth’s first east-west rail connection, providing a higher level of public transport service to Perth’s south-eastern suburbs.

The new 17.5km rail line includes new stations at Nicholson Road and Ranford Road, plus upgrades to Thornlie, Stadium and Cockburn Central stations.

To allow for the major works, from where the Thornlie-Cockburn Line enters the Kwinana Freeway through the Glen Iris Tunnel down to Cockburn Central Station, it is necessary for the Mandurah Line to partially close.

Mandurah Line trains will be cancelled between Aubin Grove and Elizabeth Quay stations from first service on Sunday 26 December 2021 until last service on Friday 14 January 2022. The Christmas-New Year period has been chosen because travel data shows that this is the quietest time for both public transport and the freeway (where train replacement services will operate).

Many people have holidays during this time, with both universities and schools on their summer breaks. This enables some people to have more flexibility in their travel behaviour; where they can travel at less busy times, delay travel altogether, or have more time to make a journey.

Mandurah Line trains will be cancelled between Aubin Grove and Elizabeth Quay stations with train replacement buses operating.

Trains will operate between Aubin Grove and Mandurah stations on a reduced 15-minute frequency during peak periods. Outside of peak periods, the frequency remains unchanged.

A comprehensive train replacement bus service will operate between Aubin Grove and a temporary bus station at Perth Convention and Exhibition Centre (PCEC) which is a short walk from Elizabeth Quay bus and train stations.

Express buses to and from PCEC will operate from Aubin Grove, Cockburn Central, Murdoch and Bull Creek stations. In addition, there will be an All Stops service operating between Aubin Grove and Canning Bridge stations.

Train replacement buses will be scheduled to match the train timetable as closely as possible, however since buses operate on roads instead of dedicated tracks, they take longer and are affected by traffic.

To cater for the Fiona Stanley Hospital Precinct, train replacement bus services will travel via the hospital, picking up at bus stops on Barry Marshall Parade.

Route 929 will operate express via the hospital between Murdoch and PCEC. This will operate from first service until after PM peak, with an additional service timed to coincide with the evening shift change.

Route 909 will operate from first to last service, stopping all stations from Aubin Grove to Canning Bridge via the hospital. After PM peak, this service will extend to PCEC.

Train replacement bus services are scheduled to match the train timetable as closely as possible, however, buses do take longer than trains and are affected by traffic conditions.
As a result, replacement buses may not connect with timetabled bus or train services. Passengers are encouraged to allow additional travel time during the Shutdown.
Kwinana Freeway is expected to be busier than usual. If you are thinking of driving, please allow additional travel time and be patient.
For up-to-date information on road closures and incidents, go to travelmap.mainroads.wa.gov.au.
Why can’t Elizabeth Quay Bus Station and Perth Busport be used during the disruption?/Why is PCEC being used?
Elizabeth Quay Bus Station and Perth Busport have been designed to accommodate a certain capacity of regular timetabled bus services. The facilities would not be able to cope with additional train replacement bus services as it would result in congestion and cause delays to timetabled services, as well as over-crowding on platforms.
In addition, using Perth Busport would result in heavy congestion in the Perth CBD.
The Perth Convention and Exhibition Centre (PCEC) has been assessed and selected as the alternative location to operate train replacement bus services for Mandurah Line passengers.

The Mandurah Line is Transperth’s busiest, and even with a comprehensive train replacement bus plan in place, travel times will be longer.

There are a few things you can do to prepare:

  • Allow extra travel time
  • If you can, travel outside of peak times
  • Plan your journey on the Transperth website or app. Or call the InfoLine on 13 62 13
  • Check where your replacement bus stop is by following signage at stations
  • If you require special assistance, please call 1800 800 022 at least one hour before you travel.
To ease congestion in the CBD, train replacement services will not operate from Canning Bridge into Perth until after PM peak. During this time, passengers travelling to the city will need to catch one of the many timetabled bus services operating from the station.

After approximately 7.00pm, until last service, Route 909 will extend and travel from Canning Bridge Station to PCEC.

Visit the Transperth website or download the Transperth app to plan your journey.

Why are train replacement buses operating later from Murdoch Station?
Train replacement Route 929 will operate from Murdoch Station later than other express train replacement buses to accommodate the evening shift change at Fiona Stanley Hospital.
Passengers travelling from Aubin Grove, Cockburn Central, Bull Creek and Canning Bridge stations will be able to continue using Route 909 after the last service of each respective station’s express train replacement buses.
How will transport to major events be managed? (e.g cricket at Optus Stadium)
Some events will be impacted by this disruption, however, additional public transport services will be scheduled as required for large-scale events, such as the cricket at Optus Stadium.
All passengers travelling on the Mandurah Line during the Shutdown are encouraged to plan their journey before they travel.
Are there any accessibility considerations?
There will be platform changes during the Shutdown and trains will operate from either platform at Mandurah, Warnbro, Rockingham, Wellard and Kwinana stations.
Passengers should follow the Passenger Information Displays or speak to one of our friendly staff for the latest train information.
If you require special assistance, please call 1800 800 022 at least one hour before you travel.
What if I forget to tag on/off and I receive a default fare?
You can contact the InfoLine on 13 62 13 or use our online feedback form to request a reimbursement: Feedback (transperth.wa.gov.au)
Where is the train replacement stop at my station?
If you are unsure about where your nearest train replacement bus stop is, look out for signage at the station or check our Station Access maps here: Stations & Maps (transperth.wa.gov.au)
Do I still need to pay a fare during the disruption?
Yes, passengers will need to tag on and off train replacement buses.
When do normal services resume?
Trains will return to normal schedule from first service on Saturday 15 January 2022.
Can I take my bicycle on train replacement services?
Due to restricted space, bicycles are not permitted on Transperth buses, including train replacement services.
I require special assistance. What should I do?
If you require special assistance, please call 1800 800 022 at least one hour before you travel.
Why can trains still run between Mandurah and Aubin Grove stations?
METRONET’s Thornlie-Cockburn Link will build infrastructure at Aubin Grove Station to allow trains to run on a single track ‘bi-directionally’ between Aubin Grove and Rockingham stations.

Due to the location of the works, trains cannot operate safely past Aubin Grove Station, which means the Mandurah Line must be closed between Aubin Grove and Elizabeth Quay stations.

Where can I find more information?

We encourage passengers to sign up for My Alerts through My Account on the website or app. To plan your journey, visit the JourneyPlanner or call the InfoLine 13 62 13.

For more infromation on the Thornlie-Cockburn Link Project, visit Thornlie-Cockburn Link (metronet.wa.gov.au).

How can I lodge a complaint / provide feedback?
Please use our online feedback form to register your feedback on Transperth.

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