Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Perth travel chaos as rail lines shut down due to Fire

An electrical fire near Perth's central railway station has caused major disruption for the city's commuters with major rail routes shut down.

Transperth says the Fremantle line is closed in both directions while the Armadale-Thornlie line is only running to Cannington and the Midland line is only running to Bassendean.

Buses are being arranged to carry passengers but traffic was slow on highways and roads as more people took to cars to get to work.

The fire at about 7am (WST) on Tuesday in an electrical box about 100 metres from Perth station was quickly extinguished but brought the system down because of damage to wiring.

Transperth spokesman David Hynes says the system would not be fully restored anytime during the morning peak but officials are confident it would be back on track by the afternoon peak. Source