Butler Extension Progress

 
  Mouse Chief Train Controller

Location:
Thanks Bulbous for the update.



Also:



http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pETD82e53Lw&feature=plcp


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  drwaddles In need of a breath mint

Location: Newcastle
From Hester Avenue bridge on Sunday. This is the first time I've seen the cute little loco around.
 




  thewaratahtrain Chief Train Controller

It's starting to take shape looks like a fair amount of the work is completed, not long to go now.
  doggie015 Junior Train Controller

Location: On a bus going from esplanade busport to canning bridge so I can catch a train to Esplanade station
Holy crap! I didn't realize they had done THAT much already! Looks like it's getting close to electrification!
  Mouse Chief Train Controller

Location:
The station is certainly taking shape Very Happy

Last month saw a concrete pour for the concourse level base slab:



http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MRT0pz0cnKk
  doggie015 Junior Train Controller

Location: On a bus going from esplanade busport to canning bridge so I can catch a train to Esplanade station
The station is certainly taking shape Very Happy

Last month saw a concrete pour for the concourse level base slab:



http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MRT0pz0cnKk
Mouse
Eight HOURS spent pouring concrete! I didn't realize they needed 950 TONS of the stuff to make the concourse base slab!
  dw54 Assistant Commissioner

Location: Devonport, Tas
I've noticed on British forums that electrification to the British MkIII system built in the mid-80s (ie the Bedpan line) now seems to be suffering from Overhead Line failures, not unlike the problem last year near Stirling. The WA system is of the same type and era as the system causing cancellations and delays to Thameslink trains in Britain. NR has intimated that substandard components chosen for lowest project cost, rather than lowest whole-life cost may be the underlying cause of the problems.

I hope The PTA is liaising with their Network Rail colleagues in Britain. It would be smarter for all concerned to plan and budget for a preventative programme than suffer ongoing failures then undertake ad hoc fixes.

HTH somebody in the "system"

DW in Devonport
  thewaratahtrain Chief Train Controller



http://m.youtube.com/watch?feature=c4-feed-u&v=2vZ6S2RMmDs

This thread hasn't been updated in awhile anyway the public transport authority has recently released this video render of what the futuristic butler station will look like when the project is completed around this time next year, judging from the latest project update (11) the extension could open early but I wouldn't hold your breath, most of the station structure is nearly complete

http://www.pta.wa.gov.au/Projects/ButlerExtensionProject/Projectupdates/tabid/398/Default.aspx
  Northmetro Junior Train Controller

I notice the video depicts only 3 car trains. I hope that's not an indication of likely progress of rolling stock deliveries!
  doggie015 Junior Train Controller

Location: On a bus going from esplanade busport to canning bridge so I can catch a train to Esplanade station
I notice the video depicts only 3 car trains. I hope that's not an indication of likely progress of rolling stock deliveries!
Northmetro
I suspect it is more to do with rendering limitations. What they used to render the flythrough probably could not handle 6-car consists. This IS a government funded public transport thing we are talking about here!

Also: Why do they have public toilets at almost every station on the Joondalup/Mandurah lines while on the other lines they are few and far between?
  thewaratahtrain Chief Train Controller

I went up there today and took some pics myself and I have to say I'm amazed at how much has progressed, the station structure itself looks incredible, there's a slight 30 degree curve similar to the one at Rockingham, the rail reserve to Yanchep looks like it's been reserved, i will upload the pics real soon
  gw0071 Deputy Commissioner

Are there any works trains still operating in the area?
  thewaratahtrain Chief Train Controller

Are there any works trains still operating in the area?
"gw0071"



I didn't see any, but nearly 100% of the track has been laid and about 80% of the masts for all the overhead wiring have also been installed the station structure itself is about 90% complete I will upload the pics as soon as possible just trying to work how to get flickr working on my iPad, the crossovers have been connected up there's also a slight curve similar to Rockingham as trains approach Butler  and it looks like the rail for the Yanchep has been reserved
  DavidWhite Beginner

Location: Eaton, Western Australia, Australia
If you check out nearmap.com you can see the alignment clearly by the earthworks going on.
Alan.
witzendoz
Nearmap has ceased their maps being used by the home user. U have to to be a govt body or other business to have access, with a price. have a look at their website for info
  thewaratahtrain Chief Train Controller



http://m.youtube.com/watch?v=hceZ-7p1eZI

Seven news Perth- Blake Johnson had a exclusive preview in Butler station, I know it's an old but it hasn't been posted
  Mouse Chief Train Controller

Location:
The new track north of Clarkson has now been disconnected from the turnout and moved to what looks like it's final alignment (currently disconnected from Clarkson station). It looks wired up as well.

Edit: add note about disconnected track
  doggie015 Junior Train Controller

Location: On a bus going from esplanade busport to canning bridge so I can catch a train to Esplanade station


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EBDSy9PpwTE

The new power feeder station will be commissioned this month
  Northmetro Junior Train Controller

North end of Clarkson station is being prepared for realignment (and presumably removal of points). Presumably this will give 2 unidirectional tracks to/from Nowergup depot. Once commissioned, I would expect this will mean some changes to platform allocations - trains going in/out of the depot will need to use the correct platform.
  thewaratahtrain Chief Train Controller

Proposed Service Changes to routes 480, 481, 482, 483, 484 and 490

Transperth is inviting the public to comment on the proposed bus network to be introduced in late 2014 to support the Joondalup Line extension to Butler Station.

The revised network is proposed to deliver improved frequency on most routes and provide extended coverage into areas including Quinns Rocks, Jindalee and Yanchep.

Representatives from Transperth will be available to discuss the proposed service changes as follows:

Location
Ocean Keys Shopping Centre
Date Thursday 30 January 2014 Saturday 1 February 2014
Time 2.00pm to 7.00pm 9.00am to 1.00pm
Address Ocean Keys Bvd, Clarkson
Location Brighton Village Shopping Centre (adjacent to Coles Supermarket near Newsagency)
Date Thursday 6 February 2014 Saturday 8 February 2014
Time 2.00pm to 7.00pm 9.00am to 1.00pm
Address Corner of Marmion Av and Kingsbridge Bvd, Butler
Location Yanchep Central Shopping Centre
Date Thursday 13 February 2014 Saturday 15 February 2014
Time 2.00pm to 7.00pm 9.00am to 1.00pm
Address Corner of Marmion Av and Peony Bvd, Yanchep
View part one of the map of the proposed changes here.
View part two of the map of the proposed changes here.

Services are proposed to change as follows:

Route 480 – Clarkson Station to Butler via Marmion Av (Minor route change)
The route would change to operate between Clarkson Station and Butler Station via Marmion Av. This will mean that the two bus stops north of Butler Bvd will no longer be served by Route 480 and passengers would be able to catch the amended Route 490 and new Route 491 (see below)
Services are proposed to run every 10-20 minutes in peak times and 30 minutes off peak Monday to Friday and every 60 minutes on weekends.
Route 481 – Clarkson Station to Quinns Rocks via Mindarie (Frequency upgrade)
Services are proposed to operate at an increased frequency to compensate for the loss of Route 482 in Mindarie (see below)
The route would run every 10 minutes in peak times (upgraded from current 20 minute service) and 30 minutes off peak Monday to Friday (upgraded from every 60 minutes) and every 60 minutes on weekends.
Route 482 – Clarkson Station to Quinns Rocks via Mindarie (Major route change and frequency upgrade)
The route would change to operate between Clarkson Station and Butler Station via Marmion Av and Santa Barbara Pde. Services would no longer operate through Mindarie en-route to Clarkson Station, reducing journey times for passengers in Quinns Rocks north of Santa Barbara Pde. Amended Route 482 will be coordinated with amended Route 480 to maximise frequency along Marmion Av
Services are proposed to run every 10 minutes (upgraded from current 20 minute service) in peak times and 30 minutes off peak Monday to Friday (upgraded from every 60 minutes) and every 60 minutes on weekends (currently no service on Sundays).
Route 483 Clarkson Station to Alkimos via Merriwa (Minor route change and frequency upgrade)
The route would undergo a minor change running via Butler Station at all times
Services are proposed to run at an increased frequency running every 10 minutes (up from current 10-20 minute service) in peak times and 30 minutes off peak Monday to Friday and every 60 minutes on weekends.
Route 484 Clarkson Station to Alkimos via Ridgewood (Minor route change and frequency upgrade)
The route would undergo a minor change running via Butler Station at all times
Services are proposed to run at an increased frequency running every 10 minutes (up from current 10-20 minute service) in peak times and 30 minutes off peak Monday to Friday and every 60 minutes on weekends.
Route 490 Clarkson Station to Two Rocks via Yanchep (Major route change)
The route would undergo a major change to run from Two Rocks to Butler Station via Two Rocks Rd and Marmion Av
This change would mean that services no longer run via Brazier Rd or Lagoon Dr in Yanchep and instead travel on a more direct path through Yanchep on Marmion Av, reducing journey times for passengers north of Yanchep Beach Rd. New Route 491 (see below) will serve Yanchep west of Marmion Av and St Andrews Estate.
Passengers wishing to travel to any destination south of Butler, including Ocean Keys Shopping Centre, would be able to transfer services at Butler Station.
This service would work in conjunction with new Route 491 (see below) to maximise service frequency from Yanchep to Butler Station via Eglinton and Alkimos.
Services are proposed to run every 20 minutes in peak times and 60 minutes off peak Monday to Friday and every 60 minutes on Saturdays and every 120 minutes on Sundays.
Route 491 Butler Station to Yanchep (New route)
New Route 491 is proposed to run between Butler Station and Yanchep via Marmion Av providing a second bus route through Alkimos, Eglinton and Yanchep.
This new service would work in conjunction with with amended Route 490 (see above) to maximise service frequency from Butler Station to Yanchep via Alkimos and Eglinton.
The new route will primarily operate between Butler Station and Yanchep (Wilkie Av near Grey Ct) with selected services extending to St Andrews Estate and a new terminus on Yanchep Beach Rd between Parkland Dr and St Andrews Dr.
Services through St Andrews Estate are proposed to run less frequently due to poor patronage on the current Route 490. Services will be maintained on existing roads, however only areas west of Marmion Av will maintain a higher level of service.
Passengers wishing to travel south of Butler, including Ocean Keys Shopping Centre, would be able to transfer services at Butler Station.
Services in Yanchep are proposed to operate:

Yanchep west of Marmion Av including Wilkie Av, Brazier Rd and Lagoon Dr
Yanchep east of Marmion Av including St Andrews Estate
Weekday peak 20 minutes 40 minutes
Weekday off peak 60 minutes 120 minutes
Saturday 60 minutes 120 minutes
Sundays 120 minutes 120 minutes
If you are unable to attend the information sessions but would like to provide feedback, you can email transperthplanning@pta.wa.gov.au before 5.00pm on Friday 21 February 2013. Please note you will not receive a reply to your submission.

If you require assistance regarding service changes or planning your journey, please call the Transperth InfoLine on 13 62 13 (TIS: 13 14 50). Hearing or speech impaired? Call via NRS 133 677 and ask for 13 62 13

http://www.transperth.wa.gov.au/ServiceUpdates/ServiceChanges/tabid/132/newsid568/3821/Default.aspx
  Northmetro Junior Train Controller

Line between Clarkson and Nowergup was still closed yesterday, but both tracks north of Clarkson now in use today
  thewaratahtrain Chief Train Controller

Line between Clarkson and Nowergup was still closed yesterday, but both tracks north of Clarkson now in use today
"Northmetro"

I  has photos of a 6car B set heading north into the depot along the new track,  there's a 130km/h marker at Clarkson station where the new track is.
  Mouse Chief Train Controller

Location:
This just in: Butler is running three months early, expected to open in September! Very Happy

Station construction is complete.

http://www.mediastatements.wa.gov.au/pages/StatementDetails.aspx?listName=StatementsBarnett&StatId=8251
  Northmetro Junior Train Controller

Really good news - but the down side is that they will not have as much new rolling stock delivered on the opening date. So be prepared for a few more 3 car trains during the peaks until deliveries catch up.

Additional round trip time going to Butler and back instead of Clarkson is probably around 15 minutes, but peak services run on a 10 minute cycle, so perhaps there might be some inventive schedulers out there that can squeeze a few minutes out of the schedule so they only need to add one train instead of two. One possible option comes to mind - run C pattern trains against the peak flow as well as with it.
  Northmetro Junior Train Controller

Got chance to have a closer look today. As well as the station buildings and roads, all the track appears to be complete and the electrification equipment installed. Signalling appears to be the main work still to be done - no point machines on the crossovers yet. It appears some cables have been run but not connected.

If they are now going public with a September opening date, my guess is it will be the start of the school holidays to get everything bedded in before being stressed by a full commuter workload.

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