Happy to drive you home

BERNIE EN­JOYS AUS­TRALIA DAY

Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - NEWS - Joel Kelly AF­TER THE FIRE­WORKS, TRAINS RUN AS FOL­LOWS

THERE will be plenty of pub­lic trans­port op­tions this Aus­tralia Day.

Transperth has planned ex­tra buses and trains to get rev­ellers to and from Aus­tralia Day events later this month.

Transperth spokesman David Hynes said the Aus­tralia Day cel­e­bra­tion was tra­di­tion­ally the busiest sin­gle day on the Transperth cal­en­dar and urged pas­sen­gers to plan their jour­neys.

“We’ve spent months plan­ning ad­di­tional train and bus ser­vices, and en­list­ing ex­tra tran­sit of­fi­cers and cus­tomer ser­vice staff to help our pas­sen­gers make the most of their Aus­tralia Day fes­tiv­i­ties,” he said.

Transperth rail­car driver Bernie Tan­teckchi will be one of the driv­ers help­ing peo­ple get home safely on Aus­tralia Day.

The Fern­dale res­i­dent im­mi­grated to Aus­tralia with his wife and two chil­dren a decade ago from the Philip­pines.

“It was a child­hood dream to come to Aus­tralia; I’ve al­ways been at­tracted to the Western world,” he said.

“I like work­ing on Aus­tralia Day be­cause you see fam­i­lies en­joy­ing them­selves and lov­ing just be­ing here in Aus­tralia.

“It makes me re­alise how blessed I am to have been ac­cepted here; not ev­ery­one has a chance to live their dream in Aus­tralia, it’s a day for ev­ery­one to re­ally ponder and ap­pre­ci­ate be­ing here.”

Pas­sen­gers can plan ahead for Aus­tralia Day us­ing Transperth’s on­line jour­ney plan­ner, mo­bile app or by call­ing 13 62 13.

Mr Hynes urged peo­ple to be pa­tient af­ter the fire­works show.

“While a steady stream of peo­ple ar­rive at the fore­shore through­out the day, when the fire­works are fin­ished, there’s a rush to get home as soon as pos­si­ble,” he said.

“To make it as quick and easy as pos­si­ble for ev­ery­one, we di­rect Joon­dalup Line pas­sen­gers to Perth Un­der­ground, Man­durah Line pas­sen­gers to Es­planade sta­tion, and Mid­land, Ar­madale/Thorn­lie and Fre­man­tle pas­sen­gers to Perth sta­tion.”

North­bound Joon­dalup line trains will not stop at Es­planade and south­bound Man­durah line trains will not stop at Perth Un­der­ground. Es­planade Sta­tion: Man­durah Line pas­sen­gers only. Perth Un­der­ground: Joon­dalup Line pas­sen­gers only. En­ter from Mur­ray Street Mall (west end). Perth Sta­tion: Ar­madale, Thorn­lie, Fre­man­tle and Mid­land line pas­sen­gers only. Ar­madale Line: Plat­form 5. En­ter from Welling­ton Street main en­trance. Thorn­lie Line: Plat­form 4. En­ter from the east­ern con­course or Welling­ton Street main en­trance.

Transperth train driver Bernie Tan­teckchi will be one of the driv­ers help­ing peo­ple get home on Aus­tralia Day.

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