Joondalup railway line

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Joondalup railway line
Overview
Other name(s)Joondalup Line
TypeSuburban rail/Rapid transit
SystemTransperth Trains
TerminiElizabeth Quay
Butler
Stations13
Ridership17.1 million (year to June 2015)
Operation
Opened20 December 1992
OwnerPublic Transport Authority
Operator(s)Transperth
Technical
Line length40.7 km (25.3 mi)
Track gauge1,067 mm (3 ft 6 in)
ElectrificationOverhead 25 kv AC
Route map

km
40.7
Butler
Butler Boulevard
Benenden Avenue
Landbeach Boulevard
33.2
Clarkson
29.2
Currambine
Moore Drive
State Route 2 (
Mitchell
Freeway
)
Shenton Avenue/
Pontiac Way
State Route 85 (
Joondalup
Drive
)
Lawley Court
Station Square
26.0
Joondalup
Collier Pass
Joondalup Drive/
Hodges Dr/Grand Blvd
Mitchell Freeway
southbound
Eddystone Avenue
23.0
Edgewater
Edgewater Substation
State Route 84 (
Ocean Reef
Road
)
Whitfords siding
State Route 83 (
Whitfords
Avenue
)
19.0
Whitfords
State Route 82 (
Hepburn
Avenue
)
17.8
Greenwood
State Route 81 (
Warwick
Road
)
14.5
Warwick
State Route 3 (
Reid
Highway
)
State Route 77 (
Erindale
Road
)
State Route 76 (
Karrinyup
Road
)
State Route 64 (
Cedric
Street
)
9.0
Stirling
Hutton Street
State Route 75 (
Scarborough
Beach Road
)
5.4
Glendalough
Powis Street
Hillman Substation
State Route 72 (
Lake Monger Dr
/ Vincent Street
)
3.2
Leederville
State Route 61 (
Loftus
Street
)
State Route 2 (
Mitchell
Freeway
)
Mitchell Freeway
Hamilton Interchange
Roe Street Tunnel
William Street Tunnel
0.0
Perth Underground│Perth
Elizabeth Quay
Transperth railway lines
Armadale/Thornlie
Fremantle
Joondalup
Mandurah
Midland
List of Transperth stations

The Joondalup railway line is a hybrid suburban rail and rapid transit railway line in Western Australia that runs from Perth north to Butler. It was formerly known as the Northern Suburbs Railway. For much of its route, it traverses the median strip of the Mitchell Freeway.

History[edit]

On 14 November 1989, construction commenced on the line with Premier Peter Dowding driving the first spike. The line to Joondalup was opened by Premier Carmen Lawrence on 20 December 1992.[1][2][3] Initially only Leederville, Edgewater and Joondalup stations were opened with the remaining stations opened as completed for a full service to commence on 21 March 1993.[4][5] A realignment of the entire Transperth bus system was undertaken whereby the new railway stations became bus interchanges. On 8 August 1993, the line was extended to Currambine.[6][7]

Initially, service frequencies were similar to those for the Fremantle line as lower passenger numbers were anticipated; however, overcrowding saw the doubling of services between Perth and Whitfords on weekdays. Services were reverted to Fremantle line frequencies between 09:00 and 14:00 on 28 June 2009 due to low passenger numbers on those services.[8]

On 4 October 2004, the line was extended to Clarkson as part of the New MetroRail project. Nowergup depot opened at the same time.[9][10] On 29 January 2005, Greenwood was opened to alleviate pressure at the adjacent Warwick and Whitfords stations.[1][11]

On 8 August 2005, the service, which previously continued south from Perth station onto the Armadale line, was curtailed at Perth and no longer provided a through service. On 15 October 2007, Joondalup line trains began running to Perth Underground and Elizabeth Quay stations via new tunnels under central Perth.[12]

On 23 December 2007, the opening of the Mandurah line resulted in Joondalup services operating through to Mandurah. On 21 September 2014, the line was extended to Butler.[13]

Patronage[edit]

Below is the annual patronage of Joondalup railway line from 2010–2011 financial year. Figures are provided as total boardings, which includes all fare-paying boardings and free travel on stations within the free transit zones as well as transfers between stations. The figures for rail replacement and special events services are not included in the total.[14]

Joondalup railway line annual patronage
Year Patronage ±%
2010–11 15,611,836
2011–12 16,700,234 +6.97%
2012–13 17,449,891 +4.49%
2013–14 16,897,361 −3.17%
2014–15 17,105,797 +1.23%
2015–16 16,917,029 −1.10%
2016–17 16,658,559 −1.53%
2017–18 16,477,387 −1.09%
2018–19 16,531,788 +0.33%

Stations[edit]

Services are operated by B-series trains, with services previously being operated by A-series trains.

Joondalup Line
Name of station Code Zone Serving suburbs Pattern stops at this station Connections
All K W
Elizabeth Quay REE 1, Free Transit Zone Perth Bus transfers at Elizabeth Quay Bus Station
Through to Mandurah line
Perth Underground
MPH 1, Free Transit Zone Perth, Northbridge Platform transfer to Armadale / Thornlie,
Fremantle, Midland lines
Transwa Australind service to Bunbury
Bus transfers at Perth Busport
Leederville JLE 1 Leederville, West Leederville
Glendalough JGH 1 Glendalough, Osborne Park Bus transfers
Stirling JSG 2 Innaloo, Osborne Park, Stirling Bus transfers, CircleRoute
Warwick JWK 2 Carine, Duncraig, Hamersley, Warwick Bus transfers
Greenwood JGD 2 Duncraig, Greenwood, Kingsley, Padbury
Whitfords JWS 3 Craigie, Kingsley, Padbury, Woodvale Bus transfers
Edgewater JER 3 Beldon, Edgewater, Heathridge
Joondalup JJP 3 Joondalup Bus transfers
Currambine JCE 4 Currambine, Joondalup, Kinross
Clarkson JCN 4 Clarkson Bus transfers
Butler JBR 5 Butler Bus transfers

Disused stopping patterns[edit]

Proposed extension[edit]

There are plans to extend the line by 13.8 km (8.6 mi) to the rapidly growing far northern suburbs with stations planned for, Alkimos, Eglinton and Yanchep. In the 2017 WA state budget, $441 million was allocated to build the extension, with construction scheduled to start in 2019. When the extension opens, a journey time of 49 minutes is envisioned from Yanchep to the CBD, with up to 13,500 people expected to use the line every day.[15][16]

In 2019, there were renewed proposals for a special events station at the Joondalup Arena sporting facility due to a large number of events being held there.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Our History Public Transport Authority
  2. ^ Trial of first northern suburbs electric train a success Minister for Transport 20 November 1992
  3. ^ Northern suburbs an instant hit Minister for Transport 21 December 1992
  4. ^ Bus/train interchanges on northern subs railway to open February Minister for Transport 28 January 1993
  5. ^ Inspection of Joondalup train-bus interchange Minister for Transport 21 March 1993
  6. ^ Opening of Currambine station next month Minister for Transport 17 July 1993
  7. ^ Quinlan, Howard; Newland, John (2000). Australian Railway Routes 1854 - 2000. Redfern: Australian Railway Historical Society. p. 66. ISBN 0 909650 49 7.
  8. ^ "Off-peak train service reduction 'minor'". Public Transport Authority. Archived from the original on 3 July 2009. Retrieved 6 July 2009.
  9. ^ Railway (Northern & Southern Urban Extensions) Act 1999 Western Australian Government Gazette 5 October 2004 page 4319
  10. ^ Annual Report year ended 30 June 2005 Public Transport Corporation
  11. ^ Services commence from Greenwood Railway Station Premier of Western Australia 29 January 2005
  12. ^ Perth CBD's first underground train station in operation ABC News 15 October 2007
  13. ^ "Media Statements". Public Transport Authority. Retrieved 4 September 2014.
  14. ^ "Transperth patronage". Public Transport Authority. Retrieved 27 September 2014.
  15. ^ https://www.communitynews.com.au/north-coast-times/news/wa-budget-2017-441m-commitment-make-yanchep-rail-line-reality/
  16. ^ https://www.metronet.wa.gov.au/projects/yanchep-rail-extension

External links[edit]

Media related to Joondalup railway line at Wikimedia Commons