AvonLink train services to be expanded

The train service between Northam and Perth, the AvonLink, has been given an extra $6. 75 million from the State Government.

In August 2012, the then Transport Minister Troy Buswell revealed buses would replace the train service from the end of the because of low patronage and high operating costs.

More than 3,000 Avon Valley residents signed a petition urging the Government to keep the AvonLink passenger rail service open.

They include two extra return services on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays with a new return service on the weekends.

In a statement, Regional Development Minister Terry Redman said the service would encourage further growth and increased sustainability of the Avon region.

It comes a year after the Government announced the service would be scrapped by the end of 2013, and then had to backflip on the decision after an outpouring of protest.

Transport Minister Dean Nalder said the use of the service would be reviewed after 18 months to ensure the project was on track.

Photo: The AvonLink services are being expanded, a year after plans were announced to scrap it.

Read more here: ABC


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