Perth’s $32 mill bus bridge

New bus-only bridge to Perth’s CBD signals huge investment in bus priority measures in WA

A brand new bus-only bridge will result in more frequent and efficient bus services in and out of Perth’s CBD, the Western Australian (WA) Government announced this week.

The aim is to get buses into and out of the city faster, ease congestion on arterial road corridors approaching the CBD and provide extra public transport services for major corridors in the northern suburbs.

WA transport minister Dean Nalder says the $32 million bus-only bridge will provide travel time savings of up to six minutes across 12 bus routes every week day for about 16,000 bus passengers.

"This is a great congestion beater for our city, it's better for motorists and bus users," he says.

The new 110m bridge will enable buses from Perth's northern and north-western suburbs to bypass four sets of traffic signals in Northbridge and relieve congestion through Fitzgerald Street, which is a primary northern entry to the Perth CBD.

"For motorists, it means 1,000 fewer buses on this key road corridor a day, clearing the way for smoother traffic," Nalder says.

Once the bridge is complete, high-frequency bus services on major corridors such as Alexander Drive will be rolled out.

New services along Alexander Drive will be similar to Route 950, which currently runs every three to four minutes from Morley and every one to two minutes from the city to The University of Western Australia.

"The time saved by buses no longer being stuck in traffic means eight buses can be allocated to other routes on the Transperth system during the peak period," Nalder says.

Construction on this bus priority measure will start in early next year, and should be complete by early 2017.

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