The petition I referred to back here was protesting against the closure of the Fremantle train line in Perth, Western Australia. Despite the petition and huge protests all were unsuccessful and on this day, the 2nd of September in 1979 the line to Fremantle closed.
It had been absurdly suggested that the corridor could be useful for the army to reach the port quickly in case of a Russian invasion. I suspect thoughts of a nice freeway to Fremantle might have behind the thinking.
The public did not forget the loss of their train and protests went on until the next election when the conservative government led by Sir Charles Court was decisively thrown out and Labor (yes, the spelling pains me too) under Brian Burke was elected with the promise that the line would be reopened. I can only guess that the conservative party were not game to do anything with the corridor, perhaps even having changed their minds.
Photo of the last and very crowded train to Fremantle from ABC News.
Reopening celebrations, photo from Fremantle History Centre, July 1983.
Last year, 2018, the train carried 8 million passengers. ABC News.
We loved our trip by train to Fremantle in 2016. Gosh Grace, was it that long ago!