Putting heat on pub­lic trans­port

The Advocate (Perth) - - NEWS -

DAY­TON res­i­dents are call­ing for up­grades to pub­lic trans­port in­fra­struc­ture be­fore tem­per­a­tures be­gin to rise.

Melinda Richards said she caught the bus for many years and a shel­ter had not been forth­com­ing.

“I’ve seen peo­ple, even preg­nant women, sit­ting on a stone near the shel­ter,” she said. “We pay rates and taxes and we feel like we are not be­ing looked af­ter.”

Fed­eral MP Chris­tian Porter joined the call and said he be­lieved the State Govern­ment and City of Swan needed to work to­gether to help im­prove bus shel­ters. He said in cer­tain ar­eas, there wasn’t shel­ter or seat­ing.

“The cur­rent bus shel­ter near Cran­leigh Street in Day­ton is com­pletely in­ad­e­quate; there’s no shel­ter or a place to sit,” he said.

“Many of the 1500 peo­ple that live in Day­ton use pub­lic trans­port ev­ery day, mean­ing rain, hail or sear­ing heat, they are forced to wait with­out shel­ter.

“I know that this isn’t a ma­jor project re­quest, but it is some­thing that will make a ma­jor dif­fer­ence.”

Trans­port Min­is­ter Rita Saf­fi­oti said as state treasurer Chris­tian Porter ig­nored pub­lic trans­port.

“The State Govern­ment is in­vest­ing $50 mil­lion to­wards the dual car­riage­way New Lord Street Project, which also in­cludes im­prove­ments to pub­lic trans­port in­fra­struc­ture,” she said. “We have also set about im­prov­ing other bus stops in the area, in­clud­ing sev­eral on Mar­shall Road.

To sign the pe­ti­tion, visit chris­tian­porter.com.au/Day­ton-bus-shel­ter.

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