The official opening date for the new south west railway (Mandurah Line) was for a while Early 2007, then November 2006. Obviously it is not finished. Lately the unoffical rumour has been for April 2007.

Today I notice this little snippet on the Transperth website. It is not on the front page you have to dig for it.

Success Park‘n’Ride closure

Effective: 10 December 2006

From Sunday 10 December 2006, Transperth will close Success Park‘n’Ride and transfer all services to the new Cockburn Central Station located north of Beeliar Dr. Access to the new Park‘n’Ride facility is via North Lake Rd or Beeliar Dr.

From this date, all Transperth services (a complete list shown below) will operate to and from the new Cockburn Central Station. Most routes will continue to operate past Cockburn Gateways Shopping Centre, however in peak periods, at night and on Sundays, many services will bypass Gateways and operate directly to the new Train Station. Please refer to new timetables available from 4 December 2006 for further details on specific trips. Routes Affected:133,134,135,136,137,139,183,188,193,194, 510, 794 and all Transperth School & Special Event Services.

These changes are part of Transperth’s long term plan to deliver a world class public transport system including train services on the Southern Suburbs Railway. Train Services to Cockburn Central are anticipated to commence in July 2007.

OK, apart from the questionable utility of moving the bus station away from the shopping centre to a carpark and development site a couple of hundred metres away, this is the most recent opening date that I have seen for the train line itself.

Given the scope of the project I am not to distressed about another 6 months, but I just can’t wait for The West to come up with an outraged headline.