$55 million Bus Rapid Transit project to deliver reliable, faster service
Dedicated bus corridor to connect Ellenbrook town centre and Marshall Road
Project to generate about 100 jobs
The Liberal National Government has selected the preferred proponent to design and construct the Ellenbrook Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) project, Western Australia's first dedicated bus corridor.
Transport Minister Bill Marmion said CPB Contractors would work with Main Roads WA, the Public Transport Authority and the City of Swan to deliver the $55 million project.
"The BRT will provide a vital transport link between Ellenbrook, its neighbouring communities and the Midland train line," Mr Marmion said.
"This project will deliver a faster, reliable bus service for commuters in Perth's north-eastern corridor, particularly those living in Ellenbrook, Brabham and Dayton, by creating a nine-kilometre, two-lane continuous dedicated bus transit way from Ellenbrook to Marshall Road.
"Construction on the project will also generate around 100 jobs."
The Minister said the new rapid bus service would commence in 2018 with each bus having capacity to transport up to 80 passengers.
In addition to the bus transit way, two sections of new road, known as 'New Lord Street' will be constructed between Gnangara Road and Park Street, and continuing between Youle-Dean and Marshall roads, virtually doubling the capacity of the existing Lord Street.
New bus stations will be provided at Ellenbrook town centre, Henley Brook and Dayton, with a future station planned near Youle-Dean Road.
The project includes nine kilometres of shared path between the new Ellenbrook bus station and Marshall Road, with cycling facilities planned at the new stations to improve accessibility.
"This is great news for all families, commuters and residents in these areas as they will have a reliable, streamlined public transport service," Mr Marmion said.
Currently about 2,000 passengers travel on more than 100 buses between Ellenbrook and Bassendean on an average weekday
Project construction is expected to start in late 2016
Minister's office - 6552 6800