WA budget: transport

A vital public transport link is part of Western Australia’s State Budget 2016-17 announced recently

Western Australia’s recent State Budget 2016-17 has brought about a major public transport project worth nearly $50 million.

The first dedicated bus corridor in the state will be introduced to improve a vital public transport link between Ellenbrook, its neighbouring communities and the Midland Line.

Transport Minister Dean Nalder says the $49 million Ellenbrook Bus Rapid Transit (EBRT) project will provide a seamless, nine-kilometre continuous connection for buses between Ellenbrook Town Centre and Marshall Road. 

Nalder says the service will be delivered through separate dedicated lanes, providing uninterrupted travel.

"The project will lead to shorter, more reliable bus journey times for Ellenbrook residents and emerging residential developments between Reid Highway and Gnangara Road," he says.

"It will reduce the average bus journey time between Ellenbrook and Bassendean Station by up to 10 minutes in morning peak hour, with three new bus stations along the route to provide an important public transport connection and lessen commuters' reliance on cars.

"A total of 400 Park 'n' Ride bays will be provided at the Gnangara Road and Marshall Road bus stations to further encourage use of the new service.

"A new connecting service from the EBRT corridor to Midland will provide a connection from the north-east corridor to this thriving urban hub.  This will allow easy access to the new Midland Health Campus and Curtin University campus, along with jobs and shopping options.

"Using the new bus transit route, a daily commuter will save more than eight hours in travel time every two months, the equivalent of one working day."

Nalder says the project will bring relief to Ellenbrook residents, who currently encountered queues of up to two kilometres in morning peak hour on Lord Street on the southbound approach to the Marshall Road roundabout.

"The New Lord Street will relieve this congestion by providing more efficient access to the Reid Highway intersection, where most of the traffic dissipates," he says. 

"We will engage with the community over the next 12 months to ensure the best transport outcomes for the Ellenbrook community are delivered."

A design and construct contract is expected to be awarded, with construction commencing by the end of this year. The project is expected to be completed in late 2017.

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