As part of METRONET's Claremont Station Project, there will be eight weeks of essential works on the Fremantle Line to install track infrastructure in preparation for the new Airport Line.

The works will enable an increase in the frequency of Fremantle Line services from Claremont to the CBD during peak times. They will also allow for direct access to the new Airport Line from Claremont Station, which will be refurbished in the process. 

Major impacts on the Fremantle Line will take place from the evening of Friday 5 February to the last service on Monday 5 April.

 

Major changes to train services

 Between Friday 5 February and Monday 5 April, there will be a series of closures and changes to train services. 

Line Closures

 

  • Evening Friday 5 – last service Sunday 7 February (Full Line)
  • First service Monday 8 – last service Tuesday 9 February (Half-Line*)
  • Evening Friday 26 – last service Sunday 28 February (Full Line)
  • Evening Saturday 3 – last service Monday 5 April (Full Line).

*Half-Line closures - trains run Perth to Showgrounds with train replacement buses operating between Karrakatta and Fremantle. Train replacement buses do not stop at Showgrounds Station.

Claremont Station will be closed for this entire period.

The closest operating station to Claremont will be Showgrounds Station, which is approximately 700 metres away.

Reduced Services

Fremantle to Showgrounds stations:

  • Trains run on a reduced 30 minute frequency
  • Passengers required to transfer at Cottesloe Station
  • Some services from Perth will terminate at Showgrounds Station
  • Claremont Station closed to train services. 

How will this impact my journey?

If you travel weekdays between Perth and Showgrounds stations, there will be no impact on your journey.

If you travel weekdays between Showgrounds and Fremantle stations, you will need to change trains at Cottesloe Station and prepare for an increase in travel time due to the reduction in train frequency.

Trains have been planned to connect at Cottesloe Station, however, passengers should allow up to an additional 30 minutes when travelling.

There will also be changes to platforms during the disruptions so trains will not depart from their usual platform. If you are unsure which platform your service will depart from, please plan your journey before departing using the JourneyPlanner or call 13 62 13. 

How can I prepare for this disruption?

There are a few simple steps you can take to be prepared.

  • Sign up to My Account via our website or the Transperth app and subscribe to receive My Alerts
  • Receive push notifications to your mobile by downloading the app and activating the alert option
  • Allow an additional 30 minutes travel time 
  • Find the nearest train replacement bus stop if you are travelling during the line closures
  • Passengers who require special assistance should call 1800 800 022 at least one hour before they travel.

School Special 700

To cater for students who use the Fremantle Line to get to school, Transperth will operate a new School Special 700 bus service during the disruption. While some students may wish to continue to use the train, the School Special 700 provides an alternative option that may be more convenient.

The School Special 700 bus will operate between Shenton Park and Fremantle stations and will run before and after school, meeting each school’s start and finish times. It will operate from train replacement stops at each station and is for students only. Information has been sent to the affected schools. 

A timetable for School Special 700 can be found here.

Download the School Special 700 flyer here.

Train Replacement Bus Services

Train replacement bus Route 906 will operate during the line closures: 

Friday 5 – Sunday 7 February: Route 906 will operate between Perth and Fremantle 

The last services on Friday 5 February will be:

  • Departing Fremantle to Perth: 7.55pm
  • Departing Perth to Fremantle: 7.30pm.

Monday 8 – Tuesday 9 February: Route 906 will operate between Karrakatta and Fremantle

  • Trains will run from Perth to Showgrounds from first service on Monday 8 until last service on Tuesday 9 February.

 

Friday 26 – Sunday 28 February: Route 906 will operate between Perth and Fremantle

 

The last services on Friday 26 February will be:

  • Departing Fremantle to Perth: 7.15pm
  • Departing Perth to Fremantle: 7.00pm.

Passengers will need to change trains at Cottesloe Station. 

 

Saturday 3 – Monday 5 April: Route 906 will operate between Perth and Fremantle

 

The last services on Saturday 3 April will be:

  • Departing Fremantle to Perth: 7.15pm
  • Departing Perth to Fremantle: 7.00pm.

Travel times on train replacement buses will take longer so passengers are encouraged to plan ahead and allow extra travel time.

Due to restricted space, bicycles are not permitted on Transperth buses, including train replacement services. If you’re travelling with a stroller or pram, please ensure they are folded before you board the bus.

Estimated travel times by train replacement bus can be found here.

Alternative Bus Services

Trains have been planned to connect at Cottesloe and Showgrounds stations, however, trains will be busier than usual so you may prefer to take a timetabled bus instead. Transperth run a number of regular timetabled bus services that may be convenient for you.

Fremantle Station

On weekdays

  • Route 103 runs between Terrace Rd in East Perth and Fremantle Station via Perth, operating along Stirling Hwy.
  • Route 111 runs between the WACA Ground in East Perth and Fremantle Station via Kwinana Fwy and Canning Hwy, terminating at Fremantle Station.
  • Route 910 runs between the Perth Busport and Fremantle Station via Canning Hwy, terminating at Fremantle Station. 

On weekends

  • Route 103 runs between Terrace Rd in East Perth and Fremantle Station via Perth, operating along Stirling Hwy.
  • Route 910 runs between Perth Busport and Fremantle Station via Canning Hwy, terminating at Fremantle Station. 

Download the Fremantle Station alternative bus route flyer here.

North Fremantle Station

On weekdays

  • Route 103 runs between Terrace Rd in East Perth and Fremantle Station via Perth, operating along Stirling Hwy.
  • Route 107 runs between Elizabeth Quay Bus Station and Fremantle Station via Claremont Station.

On weekends

  • Route 103 runs between Terrace Rd in East Perth and Fremantle Station via Perth, operating along Stirling Hwy.
  • Route 107 runs between Cottesloe Station and Fremantle Station, terminating at Cottesloe Station.

Download the North Fremantle Station alternative bus route flyer here.

Victoria Street Station

Monday to Sunday

  • Route 103 runs between Terrace Rd in East Perth and Fremantle Station via Perth, operating along Stirling Hwy.

Download the Victoria Street Station alternative bus route flyer here.

Mosman Park Station

Monday to Sunday

  • Route 103 runs between Terrace Rd in East Perth and Fremantle Station via Perth, operating along Stirling Hwy.

Download the Mosman Park Station alternative bus route flyer here.

Cottesloe Station

On weekdays

  • Route 102 runs between Elizabeth Quay Bus Station and Cottesloe Station, terminating at Cottesloe Station.
  • Route 103 runs between Terrace Rd in East Perth and Fremantle Station via Perth, operating along Stirling Hwy.
  • Route 107 runs between Elizabeth Quay Bus Station and Fremantle Station via Claremont Station, operating along Leake St.

On weekends

  • Route 102 runs between Elizabeth Quay Bus Station and Cottesloe Station, terminating at Cottesloe Station.
  • Route 103 runs between Terrace Rd in East Perth and Fremantle Station via Perth, operating along Stirling Hwy.
  • Route 107 runs between Cottesloe Station and Fremantle Station, terminating at Cottesloe Station.

Download the Cottesloe Station alternative bus route flyer here.

Grant Street Station

On weekdays

  • Route 103 runs between Terrace Rd in East Perth and Fremantle Station via Perth, operating along Stirling Hwy.
  • Route 107 runs between Elizabeth Quay Bus Station and Fremantle Station via Claremont Station.

On weekends

  • Route 103 runs between Terrace Rd in East Perth and Fremantle Station via Perth, operating along Stirling Hwy.

Download the Grant Street Station alternative bus route flyer here.

Swanbourne Station

On weekdays

  • Route 27 runs between the WACA Ground in East Perth and Claremont Station via Perth, operating along Shenton Rd.
  • Route 102 runs between Elizabeth Quay Bus Station and Cottesloe Station, operating along Shenton Rd.
  • Route 103 runs between Terrace Rd in East Perth and Fremantle Station via Perth, operating along Stirling Hwy.
  • Route 107 runs between Elizabeth Quay Bus Station and Fremantle Station via Claremont Station.

On weekends

  • Route 27 runs between the WACA Ground in East Perth and Claremont Station via Perth, operating along Shenton Rd.
  • Route 102 runs between Elizabeth Quay Bus Station and Cottesloe Station, operating along Shenton Rd.
  • Route 103 runs between Terrace Rd in East Perth and Fremantle Station via Perth, operating along Stirling Hwy.

Download the Swanbourne Station alternative bus route flyer here.

Claremont Station

On weekdays and Saturdays

  • Route 107 runs between Elizabeth Quay Bus Station and Fremantle Station via Claremont Station.
  • Route 103 runs between Terrace Rd in East Perth and Fremantle Station via Perth, operating along Stirling Hwy.
  • Route 102 runs between Elizabeth Quay Bus Station and Cottesloe Station, passing Claremont Station.
  • Route 28 runs between Perth Busport and Claremont Station, terminating at Claremont Station.
  • Route 27 runs between the WACA Ground in East Perth and Claremont Station via Perth, terminating at Claremont Station.
  • Route 25 runs between Elizabeth Quay Bus Station and Claremont Station via Perth, terminating at Claremont Station.
  • Route 24 runs between Point Fraser in East Perth and Claremont Station via Perth, terminating at Claremont Station.
  • Route 23 runs between Elizabeth Quay Bus Station and Claremont Station, terminating at Claremont Station.

On Sundays

  • Route 103 runs between Terrace Rd in East Perth and Fremantle Station via Perth, operating along Stirling Hwy.
  • Route 102 runs between Elizabeth Quay Bus Station and Cottesloe Station, passing Claremont Station.
  • Route 28 runs between Perth Busport and Claremont Station, terminating at Claremont Station.
  • Route 27 runs between the WACA Ground in East Perth and Claremont Station via Perth, terminating at Claremont Station.
  • Route 24 runs between Point Fraser in East Perth and Claremont Station via Perth, terminating at Claremont Station.

Download the Claremont Station alternative bus route flyer here.

 

FAQs

Why is this happening?
As part of METRONET’s Claremont Station Project, an eight week works period is required to install turnback infrastructure, which will allow trains for the new Airport Line to head back the way they came. These works will enable an increase in the frequency of Fremantle Line services from Claremont to the CBD during peak times and will also allow direct access to the new Airport Line from Claremont Station. Claremont Station is also being refurbished during this period.
Why is Claremont Station closed?
Given the volume of work in and around Claremont Station, including a refurbishment of the platform, it is safer to close the station to passengers for the duration of the disruption. Bus services that currently operate to/from the station will continue to do so. Passengers who usually travel to/from Claremont Station are asked to use Showgrounds or Swanbourne Stations as an alternative.
How do I get between Showgrounds and Claremont?
As trains will not be stopping at Claremont, there will be no services between Showgrounds and Claremont stations during the disruption. Showgrounds Station is approximately a nine minute walk away. If you require special assistance, please call 1800 800 022 at least an hour before you travel. Alternatively, for some passengers it may be more convenient to use Swanbourne Station which is approximately a 12 minute walk from Claremont.
Why do I need to change trains at Cottesloe Station?
To minimise the impact to patrons (ie. avoid a shutdown of the Fremantle Line between Showgrounds and Fremantle Station) the project works at Claremont have been scheduled to affect one track at a time through the area, meaning trains can continue to operate on the remaining track.

However, for safety reasons Transperth can only operate one train on this single track. By operating services so that passengers didn’t need to change at Cottesloe, would mean Transperth only be able to operate on a 45 minute frequency between Showgrounds and Fremantle, ie, the time it would take the one train to run from Showgrounds Station to Fremantle and back and again. By including a transfer point at Cottesloe means Transperth can increase the frequency of services from 45 minutes to 30 minutes between Showgrounds and Fremantle stations.

This is achieved by having one train operating on one track between Showgrounds and Cottesloe, with another train operating on the opposite track between Cottesloe and Fremantle, which meets safety standards as the trains running in opposing directions have been separated. Cottesloe Station was chosen as the transfer point because it is an island platform, making it easier for passengers to transfer between trains.
Why do I sometimes need to change trains at Showgrounds Station?
Put simply, we have more trains operating between Perth and Showgrounds, where we are maintaining the normal frequency, than we do between Showgrounds and Fremantle. In peak hour we will have six trains an hour operating between Perth and Showgrounds, however, only two trains an hour can operate between Showgrounds and Cottesloe. This means four trains will have to turn at Showgrounds and head back towards Perth. If you are on one of those trains then you will have to wait for the next through service from Perth to move beyond Showgrounds.
Why are no train replacement buses operating?
Train replacement buses only operate when trains services are cancelled. Other than the three weekend closures during this disruption, trains will be operating and so replacement buses are not required. Furthermore, Transperth do not have sufficient buses to supplement all lost capacity between Showgrounds and Fremantle Stations without significant disruption to existing timetabled operations. Some passengers might find during the disruption period that a timetabled bus service may be a more convenient option while trains are running a reduced frequency.
Why can’t I see the arrival time of the next service at the station?
Our passenger information systems rely on a combination of pre-loaded information and trains operating normally through signals. In some instances during this disruption we will be operating on the opposite track to the normal operations. In normal operations each track is separated into ‘sections’, with one train allowed in each section for safety reasons (ie. the more sections, the more trains we can operate).

However, during this disruption there will effectively be one big section controlled by signals at either end between Showgrounds and Cottesloe (and only allowing one train to be in that section for safety reasons) so once the train is in that section it effectively takes up the whole section, so it is not possible to accurately determine exactly where the train is on the line as we would in normal operations.
When do normal services resume?
Normal services will resume on Tuesday 6 April.
I require special assistance. What can I do?
If you require special assistance, please call 1800 800 022 at least an hour before you travel.
Why isn’t there more than one train between Fremantle and Cottesloe stations?
In order to make the operation safe we have to restrict the number of trains in that section to a single vehicle. This is because the signalling system is not operating as intended between Cottesloe and Fremantle and so it is safest to only operate one train. To operate another train in that section would increase the safety risk.
How can I get more information?
You can get more information by calling the InfoLine on 13 62 13. We also encourage passengers to download the Transperth app and sign up for alerts, or alternatively sign up for My Alerts via the Transperth website.
My child catches the train to school. How will they get to school during this time?
To assist affected students, we will be providing a supplementary bus service as an alternative to the train. The School Special 700 will operate between Fremantle and Shenton Park stations Monday to Friday, before and after school.

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