Photography by: courtesy WA Government

THE WESTERN AUSTRALIA state government has matched the Federal Government’s $45 million Stirling Bus Interchange upgrade contribution, bringing total project investment to $90 million for a massive modern 30-stand bus facility, it’s been announced.

"This new facility will improve efficiency for bus commuters, and combined with other major transport upgrades for the area, will make it easier for people to travel to and from the City of Stirling," said Western Australia Transport Minister Rita Saffioti.

To be delivered by the Main Roads WA as part of Stephenson Avenue Extension project, the McGowan Government has allocated the $45 million to upgrade one of Perth's busiest bus interchanges in the northern suburbs.

The Stirling Bus Interchange project, adjoining Stirling Station and the Mitchell Freeway, includes upgrading the existing 18-stand facility to a 30-stand bus interchange, along with construction of a new pedestrian access bridge between Stirling Station and the southern car park, the government confirms.

Rail patronage at Stirling is predicted to almost double by 2031, based on planned land use intensification and population growth as part of the Stirling City Centre, which is expected to result in an increase in bus patronage, it explains.

With 65 buses using the existing 18-stand facility per hour during peak, the interchange is often full and buses sometimes need to loop around onto Cedric Street between dropping off and picking up passengers, contributing to traffic congestion on the busy arterial road, the government says.

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By co-ordinating the project with the Stephenson Avenue works, the Public Transport Authority and Main Roads WA will be able to streamline the design and construction process, minimising disruption to motorists, bus and rail passengers and the surrounding community, it says.

Contract award for the project is anticipated to take place in mid-2021, with construction to begin soon after and works to be completed in 2023.

Transport Minister Rita Saffioti: "Through the Mid-year Review process we have allocated $45 million towards the Stirling Bus Interchange project, which combined with the Commonwealth Government's funding contribution earlier this year, will see the current 18-stand facility upgraded to a 30-stand facility."

"The City of Stirling is a thriving city with significant employment, retail and commercial opportunities and will grow over coming decades, so it's important we continue to plan and deliver the infrastructure needed for the future.

"This new facility will improve efficiency for bus commuters, and combined with other major transport upgrades for the area, will make it easier for people to travel to and from the City of Stirling.

"Work on Stage 1 of Stephenson Avenue is well underway, and by delivering the Stirling Bus Interchange works consecutively with the roadworks, it will streamline the construction process and reduce disruption impacts for residents."

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Balcatta MLA David Michael said: "The Stirling Bus Interchange is one of the busiest bus interchanges in Perth."

"Many people use the bus interchange to access the train station, and with rail patronage at Stirling Station set to double by 2031, this will only increase.

"I'm proud to have worked hard to secure the State Government's contribution to this project, which will support local jobs while providing much needed upgraded facilities.

"Combined with the Mitchell Freeway northbound upgrades, that are almost complete, along with Stage 1 of Stephenson Avenue works which are well underway, we are continuing to deliver for Balcatta residents."

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