Hahaha that's funny - MerredinLink incorporated into Prospector servicesWell at least the coaches have toilets!
More like "to save the Govt. money as its broke MerredinLink and Avonlink services will be scrapped. MerredinLink passengers will now have to catch the existing Prospector service and conform with that timetable, Avonlink passengers will have to travel on a cramped coach instead of your comfortable train"
The AvonLink is a separate service from the Australind, Merredin Link and Prospector.....
Have you ridden the trains on the SG here? From the comment above, it seems not. Get out and about some time, you might be surprised.I probably should... I am basing my experience on the suburban rails within perth...
Reported on our local radio the service was losing $1.2 million a year not once have they mentioned how many passengers were using the service, I would like to see how much per passenger the service subsidy was and see it compared against the Perth metro subsidy costs per passenger.
I suspect that the savings will be greater than the amount quoted. If the lessons of the Beeching cuts ( and even the 75 axing of the Shopper and Bunbury Belle here in WA )are anything to go by, patronage from the Avonlink will be transferred to car rather than onto the replacement bus. In all likelihood, after a few months the replacement bus service will be quietly withdrawn due to lack of use. If the Northam residents are vocal enough we might see some sop provided, perhaps in the form of an extension of the TransPerth Wundowie service, although given that Northam will never be a swinging or marginal seat I would not be at all surprised if their cries go unheard
Is the problem the expense of running the train?The problem is that Liberals do not like running trains, especially outside capital cities EG: Greiner (sorry to bring him up again)
Perhaps they could put a bus on train wheels and use that instead.[img]http://farm6.staticflickr.com/5475/9559670027_c1699ffde5_m.jpg[/img]
It's a bit old and I can't find anything more up to date, but for a rough idea some figures for 2006/7 have been recorded in Hansard:Thanks for that info, interesting if those costs have stayed within those ratios then the Prospector is not looking good.
- Transperth train: $7.94 (based on total cost) or $2.96 (based on operating costs) before the Mandurah Line opened
- Australind: $60.70/$39.30
- Avonlink: $103.81/$60.78
- Prospector: $138.56/$85.75
I'd say the Australind is in a worse position, especially considering the distances travelled by each service and the sustained drop in Australind patronage over the past 5 years (whereas the Prospector has seen stable to growing patronage and fairly strong revenue growth).Hang on a moment... the Australind is the most used service! Why would the be axing that?
We could get everyone using these http://www.roadswerenotbuiltforcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/01/sears.jpg Be good going down the hill into the city, a bit slow going back up.Remember that OH&S basically demands that toilet facilities be provided for long journeys as well as a place to safely store luggage. By the time you factor all of that in you have to also add an engine due to the size of the assembly and may as well just call it a train. They could just modify a TransWA bus by replacing the wheels with train wheels. It worked for top gear!