Perths late-night bus service scrapped

By: Jason Whittaker


One of Perth’s late night bus services has been scrapped with low patronage making the service unviable. NightRider bus services from

One of Perth’s late night bus services has been scrapped with low patronage making the service unviable.

NightRider bus services from Northbridge will be scaled back from the end of this month, with the final service to run on the morning of Sunday July 26.

The City of Perth pulled its partial funding contribution after a continuing patronage decline to single-figure numbers.

In May, the Scarborough Beach Road service only carried an average of 3.85 passengers per trip while the Fremantle route averaged 4.85 passengers.

And one of the three Fremantle-based NightRider routes is also being dropped. Figures for May show the Leach Highway service carried an average of 6.75 passengers per trip.

The Fremantle-Northbridge service, which operates reciprocally with the Northbridge-Fremantle run, will go only as far as Henley Street, Como from July 26, while Fremantle’s South Street NightRider will remain unchanged.

WA Transport Minister Simon O’Brien says taxis are the preferred option for late-night revellers.

More than $550,000 has been provided to employ taxi marshals and other security measures in the last couple of weeks alone, he says.

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