Bud­get boost

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

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West­ern Australia’s State Bud­get 2016-17 has bought about a ma­jor public trans­port project worth nearly $50 mil­lion. The state’s rst ded­i­cated bus cor­ri­dor will 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 nine-kilo­me­tre con­nec­tion for buses be­tween El­len­brook Town Cen­tre and Mar­shall Road, de­liv­ered through sep­a­rate ded­i­cated lanes to pro­vide un­in­ter­rupted travel.

“The project will lead to shorter, more re­li­able bus jour­ney times” 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.

“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 en­counter queues of up to two kilo­me­tres in morn­ing peak on Lord Street, south­bound to the Mar­shall Road round­about.

“The new Lord Street will re­lieve this con­ges­tion by pro­vid­ing more ef cient ac­cess to the Reid High­way in­ter­sec­tion, where most traf c dis­si­pates,” he says.

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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