Perth adds new bus lane


$3 million bus-only lane opens to service Perth's busiest and most frequent bus route

Bus users in Perth’s west will have a faster run now a  full-time bus-only lane along Mounts Bay Road is operational.

The bus lane will benefit passengers on the 950 Morley to Nedlands Superbus service, which is Perth's busiest and allow for the frequency of services to increase to meet rising demand.

Western Australian (WA) transport minister Dean Nalder is confident the $3 million project to create a west-bound, bus-only lane near The University of Western Australia will improve traffic flow along Mounts Bay Road, a crucial link between the city and Perth's western suburbs.

"This new bus-only lane will help Transperth buses bypass traffic queues and provide a more reliable service to Transperth passengers," he says.

"The Mounts Bay Road project builds on the success of the Beaufort Street bus lanes and other bus lanes throughout the metropolitan area.

"The peak-hour bus lanes have already cut three to four minutes from journey times between Morley and Perth."

An $800,000 project to extend a westbound merging lane at a notorious crash site at the Point Lewis roundabout, near Narrows Bridge is also finished.

"The extension gives motorists more time to merge safely and will, I hope, reduce the number of accidents in the area," Nalder says.

"I have been saying for a long time now that we need to look at clever solutions to managing traffic in our city - both of these projects improve road safety and efficiency."

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