More buses for WA

The Western Australian Government has promised funding for more buses

April 23, 2012

Funding for more buses in Western Australia has been promised
as part of
a 2012-13 government state budget package.

Transport Minister Troy Buswell says the state will have additional Red CAT buses in operation from July 2012, before a new Green CAT service is introduced in July 2013.

Buswell says the new Green CAT service will travel between Leederville and Esplanade stations via City West every 10 minutes.

"The new Green CAT service will relieve pressure on the existing popular Red CAT service and the Perth Underground Train Station, and bus lane projects will provide more reliable and improved travel times on Beaufort Street and Mounts Bay Road," Buswell says.

"This coincides with the diversion of Riverside Drive between Barrack Street and William Street from mid-2013, for the Perth Waterfront Development, when an additional 14,500 vehicles a day will be redirected through the Graham Farmer Freeway tunnel."

"This impact will be managed through our $57million project to add a third lane to the Graham Farmer Freeway tunnel and increase lane capacity on the Mitchell Freeway to provide an alternative east-west route for CBD traffic."

The Liberal-National Government has also committed to 158 more buses to accommodate the roll out of additional bus service kilometres of 3.3 million in 2011-12 incrementally increasing to 15.2 million pa from 2015-16.

The transport commitments were announced today as part of a $47.6million transport budget package for 2012-13.

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