Hon Rita Saffioti BBus MLA

Hon Rita Saffioti BBus MLA

Minister for Transport; Planning

    Charles Street bus bridge to open on Sunday

    24/06/2017 12:30 PM
    • New bus bridge and busway now complete
    • Revised bus services for northern suburbs in effect from Sunday
    • Peak hour commuters to save up to six minutes each trip 

    The new Charles Street bus bridge and busway will officially open on Sunday, June 25.


    The new infrastructure will benefit more than 30 northern suburbs bus services, saving up to six minutes on peak hour trips.


    The $32.1 million project included construction of a 120 metre 'bus only' bridge over the Graham Farmer Freeway and the new Roe Street freeway off-ramp into Northbridge.


    Additionally, 500 metres of new bus lanes were created on Charles Street between Newcastle Street and Janet Street in West Perth as part of the project.


    Construction will continue on a bus storage facility off James Street in Northbridge and new accesses from the bus bridge to this facility, both scheduled for completion in August.


    Transperth has advised passengers in recent weeks of the changes to routes 15, 370, 384, 385, 386, 387, 388, 389, 402, 403, 404, 970 and 990.


    In addition, changes will occur to routes 81, 82, 83, 84, 85, 340, 341, 342, 343, 345, 349, 365, 372, 376, 377, 378, 379, 390, 450 and 461 as part of Transperth's regular network updates. 


    Comments attributed to Transport Minister Rita Saffioti:


    "Providing dedicated public transport infrastructure is key to increasing the community's use of buses and reducing reliance on private vehicles.


    "About 16,000 passengers and 1,200 buses will traverse the bridge and busway each day, alleviating traffic on other CBD roads and shaving up to six minutes off peak hour trips.


    "Improving bus journey times is one thing, but we are also focused on building METRONET to deliver an integrated, world-class public transport system for the whole city.


    "I thank the local community who contributed to the project through a Stakeholder Reference Group, providing valuable input into features including pedestrian and cyclist access."


    Minister's office - 6552 5500