Trains galore on Christmas Day
TRANSPERTH services will continue to operate through the holiday period. Close to 50,000 passengers are expected to use the service on Christmas Day alone.
More than 800 staff will work on Christmas Day and all train services will run half-hourly with the exception of the Thornlie line, which will operate hourly.
Public Transport Authority spokesman David Hynes said although Transperth would be operational during the holiday period, services would be running on different timetables.
“I’d encourage all of our passengers to look ahead and plan their journey to ensure they get to their celebrations on time and with minimal fuss,” he said.
Transperth driver coordinator and operator of more than 30 years Don Josemans said although Christmas Day was quieter than usual, the people that used the service relied on it.
“Christmas Day is a particularly important day on our services. Although it’s quieter, the people who are travelling are often those who really rely on public transport to get them to their families,” he said.
Mr Josemans said he was looking forward to working on Christmas Day.
“I think it’s the best job in the world as you have contact with peo- ple and a constantly changing environment,” Mr Josemans said.
“The best part is that year-round, when you come on to a platform and there’s a six-year- old kid waving at you, that look on their face when you wave back is brilliant.”
For information on transport times, visit transperth.wa.gov.au.
Transperth driver co-ordinator Don Josemans at the controls of a railcar.