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