Joondalup railway line

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Joondalup railway line
Other name(s) Joondalup Line
Type Suburban rail/Rapid transit
System Transperth Trains
Termini Elizabeth Quay
Stations 13
Ridership 17.1 million (year to June 2015)
Opened 20 December 1992
Owner Public Transport Authority
Operator(s) Transperth
Line length 40.7 km (25.3 mi)
Track gauge 1,067 mm (3 ft 6 in)
Electrification Overhead 25 kv AC
Route map
Butler railway line
Continues to Mandurah line
Elizabeth Quay
000.0km Perth Underground
William Street Tunnel
Roe Street Tunnel
Fremantle line
Graham Farmer Freeway
(Hamilton Interchange)
Neutral Section
Loftus St/Thomas St
003.2km Leederville
Lake Monger Dr/Vincent St
Neutral Section
Hillman Substation
Powis Street
005.4km Glendalough
Scarborough Beach Road
Hutton Street
009.0km Stirling
Cedric Street
Karrinyup Road
Erindale Road
Reid Highway
Beach Road
014.5km Warwick
Warwick Road
017.8km Greenwood
Hepburn Avenue
019.0km Whitfords
19.5km Whitfords Avenue
Whitfords Siding
Ocean Reef Road
Neutral Section
Edgewater Substation
023.0km Edgewater
Mitchell Freeway (southbound)
Joondalup Drive/Hodges Drive
026.0km Joondalup
Station Square
Joondalup Drive
Shenton Avenue
Mitchell Freeway (southbound)
029.2km Currambine
Burns Beach Road
033.2km Clarkson
Neutral Section
Hester Avenue
Nowergup depot
Landbeach Boulevard
Benenden Avenue
Butler Boulevard
040.7km Butler
Transperth railway lines
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.


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 train 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]


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%


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]


  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 2009-07-06. 
  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 2014-09-04. 
  14. ^ "Transperth patronage". Public Transport Authority. Retrieved 2014-09-27. 
  15. ^
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External links[edit]

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