Perth Busport gets second entrance for congestion issues

Western Australia’s Perth Busport will have a second entrance built to improve the traffic flow

A second entry to the new Perth Busport will be added to help ease congestion and improve the traffic flow.

The Wellington Street entrance will be built as part of the underground Perth Busport project and is expected to be operational in mid-2016.

Transport Minister Dean Nalder says the project will benefit motorists, public transport users as well as pedestrians.

"Planning for the project began in 2010 and the State Government, through the Public Transport Authority (PTA), has been collaborating with key stakeholders on its design, impact to Wellington Street and construction co-ordination," he says.

The 60 metre-long entrance tunnel will start west of William Street and be completely underground before it reaches Queen Street.

The structure will be in the centre of Wellington Street which means the existing four lanes of traffic will be maintained.

"This entrance will have the potential to improve more than 130,000 bus passenger journeys in and out of the CBD each day," says Nalder.

"It will also benefit motorists along Wellington, William and Milligan streets because the buses will run underground."

The existing entrance to the new Perth Busport was constructed during the Perth City Link rail works and connects to the Milligan Street bus bridge.

The new component of the works will cost about $20million and will be funded from within the current $209 million budget.

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