Trains galore on Christ­mas Day

Western Suburbs Weekly - - News - By TOM RABE

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.”

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Pic­ture: Mar­cus Whisson­mu­ni­ d430962

Transperth driver co-or­di­na­tor Don Jose­mans at the con­trols of a rail­car.

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