Early Return of Regular Rail Services in Western Australia

The government of Western Australia says it is bringing back public transport services that were put on restricted timetables as a result of the coronavirus pandemic.

Rail services in the state will resume regular operations from Monday, 4 May. Buses, meanwhile, will return to their standard timetables from Wednesday, 29 April. These measures will allow residents to use public transport as they go about their lives, e.g. students going back to school.

Rita Saffioti, Transport Minister, said:

“With students returning to school from 29 April, we will see an increase in transport activity across our community.

“While initially we prepared a staged and scaled return of normal services, it is now our view to have services running to a normal schedule as soon as possible.

“In particular, feedback from parents and from schools directly, has been that we bring the school services back from the first day.

“Working with the contractors, unions and the PTA, we are now bringing forward the return of normal public transport services.”

Two changes will remain in place for rail services: late-night weekend trains will still be cancelled; and vehicle parking at train stations will remain free.

This resumption will go hand-in-hand with strict hygiene measures. The Public Transport Authority (PTA) of Western Australia says its enhanced cleaning regimen includes extra cleaners working at various stations. They will clean trains and touch points between services. Furthermore, all vehicles will be thoroughly sanitised every night.

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