- McGowan Government delivers election commitment for new east-west bus from Ellenbrook to Whitfords
- New service to connect Ellenbrook residents to education facilities and jobs in northern employment centres
- Boost to existing bus services to Midland
- Planning for the Morley-Ellenbrook Line under way as part of METRONET
A new bus service will drastically cut public transport journey times between Ellenbrook and northern suburban job centres, such as Joondalup and Wangara.
Ellenbrook residents will now have direct access to the Joondalup Line thanks to a $760,000 investment in a new bus service, Route 355.
The new service starts on August 28, 2017 and will run from Ellenbrook to Whitfords Station every half hour in peak, and hourly during off-peak.
The service will provide Ellenbrook residents with direct access to the train line, an alternate route to the central business district, and link them to 18 other bus services at Whitfords Station.
Previously, public transport commuters in Ellenbrook faced a V-shaped trip via Perth to get to areas such as Joondalup for work or study, including Edith Cowan University and TAFE.
Currently, a trip from Ellenbrook to Joondalup can take up to 94 minutes whereas the new 355 service will take about 44 minutes.
Residents in the fast-growing suburbs of Brabham and Dayton can also link into the new Ellenbrook-Whitfords bus by catching the 955 or 956 to Ellenbrook.
Transperth will also boost Route 335 from Ellenbrook to Midland as of August 28, with four additional trips on weekdays.
For more information, visit http://www.transperth.wa.gov.au
Comments attributed to Transport Minister Rita Saffioti:
"Public transport is all about providing services to the community which deliver convenient and affordable links to the areas they need to travel to for work and study.
"At the election, we promised Ellenbrook residents a better deal under METRONET, committing to build the Morley-Ellenbrook Line and to improving bus services in the area.
"For some time, bus services in Ellenbrook have been focused on linking passengers directly to the Midland Line, so they can access the CBD.
"But with Joondalup's urban centre continuing to boom, numerous employment and educational opportunities, retail and high-quality services are now much closer to home.
"Route 355 will provide the missing link between the north-eastern suburbs and the Joondalup Line, as well as the CBD.
"I urge all residents of Ellenbrook to embrace this new service."
Comments attributed to Swan Hills MLA Jessica Shaw
"There are a range of employment opportunities along this route, through Wangara and other areas. It will help young people access apprenticeships, jobs, education and traineeships.
"The 355 route can provide better access to Joondalup Health Campus, shopping, entertainment, recreation and a range of other community services.
"I'm excited that the McGowan Government has been able to deliver on this election commitment so quickly."
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