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AvonLink and MerredinLink - Midland/East Perth to Northam/Merredin

The first AvonLink left Northam at 6.55am on September 24, 1995, with the service being operated by a single power car from the Prospector fleet. The event attracted considerable fanfare, it being the first new country passenger train service in Western Australia in 47 years. It arrived in Perth at 8.27am to more celebrations, not the least because it was the State’s first dedicated, long-distance commuter train.

In late June 2004, an additional service between Perth and Merredin three times a week was added. This service is known as the MerredinLink. These extra train services provide a transport option for people in communities such as Cunderdin, Tammin, Kellerberrin and Merredin as well as other smaller rural towns in the region.

When planning for the new Prospector fleet took place it was decided to build a dedicated commuter train for the AvonLink service. This train provided significantly increased capacity and hence allows for increased patronage well into the future. The $12 million AvonLink train made its maiden trip from Northam to the city on August 1, 2005, in the process officially marking the end of service for the 'old' Prospector railcars. This train also provides the MerredinLink service. Like the Prospector, the AvonLink was built in Newcastle and was put through extensive local testing before its introduction to service.

In the past seven years it is estimated that the two services have travelled 1.2 million kilometres. The AvonLink joins the Prospector and Australind train services as part of Transwa regional rail service.

The AvonLink provides one of the most comfortable commuter train rides in Australia with air conditioning throughout, cloth seats, footrests, access to power points for laptop computers, background music and free WiFi. It currently operates twice daily, Monday to Friday between Midland, Toodyay and Northam.  

Transwa is excited to announce that from December 1, 2014 the AvonLink service will be expanded to 28 trips per week (14 return services). This new service will provide three return trips between Northam and Midland (via Toodyay) on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays and one return service on Wednesdays and Saturdays.

Currently the MerredinLink operates from the East Perth Rail Terminal to Merredin and return on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. However from December 1, 2014 the MerredinLink will only operate a return service on Wednesdays from East Perth to Merredin, providing the community of Merredin a weekly service in addition to the 9 return Prospector services.

Passengers are to note that tickets for the AvonLink may be purchased on-board and bookings are not required; however this is a cash only service (credit card and EFTPOS facilities are not available for the purchase of tickets).

Transwa will shortly be introducing a new membership card aimed at frequent travellers on the Avonlink offering significant discounts on ticket purchases. Further details will be available shortly.

Passengers to note:

AvonLink services to/from Northam via Toodyay depart and arrive Midland Station - Platform 1.

MerredinLink services to/from Merredin depart and arrive East Perth Terminal.

Helpful Links

To view the AvonLink timetable click Timetables

To view the seating layout and safety information click here

To view Frequently Asked Questions relating to the AvonLink service click here