Western Australia

Trial of late night trains begins in Perth

A SIX month trial of late night trains begins in Perth this weekend, with a 4am train service to operate on Friday and Saturday nights.

The extended weekend service was announced by Transport Minister Troy Buswell in June in response to a Facebook campaign. Previously, the last scheduled weekend trains left the city at 2.15am.

This week, Mr Buswell launched a vampire-themed advertising campaign to promote the new service, which he said will provide increased transport options for people travelling home in the early hours of the morning.

"The State Government is keen to provide services that people want, and it was convincingly put to me that thousands of West Australians want later train services on the weekend - and it makes good sense to maximise the use our resources," Mr Buswell said.

"Transperth will trial a 4am train on all train lines on Saturday and Sunday mornings from November until April, when we'll evaluate its effectiveness and make a decision on its future."

Like the 2.15am services, the 4am trains will be free and Transperth's weekend security operations will be extended to ensure there is appropriate coverage at the later times.

The Minister said he hoped the promotional campaign and assistance from a number of stakeholders would improve the trial's chance of success.

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