Commuters Warned of Optus Stadium Disruptions Across the Network on Event Days

Rail and road closures for events at Optus Stadium will cause disruption for local commuters, drivers and pedestrians.

The Public Transport Authority has confirmed that the Claisebrook and McIver train stations and the Thornlie spur line will be closed in the two hours after each stadium event.

The Moore Street car and pedestrian level crossing in East Perth will also be closed.

The moves are part of the PTA’s plan to shift 28,000 stadium fans by train within an hour of an event ending.

An aerial view of Optus Stadium.

“To achieve this, trains will leave the stadium station every two to three minutes following an event,” PTA spokesman David Hynes said.

“This would mean the boom gates at Moore Street would spend up to an hour closed continuously after a major event.

“As a result, we have taken the proactive decision to close the Moore Street level crossing for a few hours after major events. This is the safest course of action, and we believe it will help prevent drivers from growing impatient and potentially risk driving across the tracks.

“Pedestrians will also be directed to use the underpass at the station, rather than the pedestrian crossing.”

It seems people power has won as the decision to limit fans will now be reviewed.

For bigger events, the crossing will be closed for much longer. For example, it will be shut from 6am to 9pm for this Sunday’s community open day.

Mr Hynes said no trains would stop at McIver and Claisebrook stations for up to two hours after an event to ensure patrons can be moved from the stadium “as efficiently and safely as possible”.

This includes timetabled journeys from Midland or Armadale. During these times, Transperth will operate a replacement bus service from Claisebrook, via McIver (along Wellington Street) to the Perth Busport.

Trains will not stop at a number of stations after events to clear the backlog of eventgoers.“There are some exceptions to this,” Mr Hynes said. “For example, the one-day international cricket on January 28 doesn’t have a set finish time, unlike an AFL game which will always finish within a set timeframe. As a result the stations may need to be closed slightly longer to prepare for the possibility that the game finishes earlier or later.”

Special event train services will run express from Perth to the stadium.

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