New 5.8million Mandurah Bus Station opens
17 September 2003
A new, state-of-the-art bus station at Mandurah has reinforced the southern coastal city's role as the major public transport node within the Peel region.
Opening the $5.8million station today,Planning and Infrastructure Minister Alannah MacTiernan said it would be the focus of an integrated bus-rail rapid transit precinct that would include a station for the fast, direct Mandurah-to-Perth railway from December 2007.
Features of the new bus station include 10 sheltered bus stands, passenger drop-off and pick-up facilities,231 parking bays plus motor cycle,taxi and universal access bays, bicycle lockers, a cyclist-pedestrian use path and CCTV security.
"The precinct will also include stowage and cleaning facilities for buses and trains and, when fully operational, is expected to support up to 100 local jobs," Ms MacTiernan said.
"The Gallop Government is investing in the Transperth network to make public transport the better choice for more Western Australians and the opening of the station signals the start of a major upgrading of Transperth's bus services in Mandurah and the surrounding areas.
This upgrading includes more direct routes, faster travel times, better services to the Mandurah and Perth CBDs, and a new shopping centre service for the residents of the RAAF Association retirement complex at Meadow Springs.
"We will also introduce two former Transwa road coaches, rebadged as Transperth, for the extra comfort of passengers on the Mandurah-to-Perth run."
She said the Mandurah project was one on which the Department for Planning and Infrastructure, the City of Mandurah, Main Roads WA and the Public Transport Authority - through Transperth and New MetroRail - had successfully worked together for an excellent result.
Mandurah MLA David Templeman said the bus station was tangible evidence of the Government's commitment to the future of the south-west metropolitan area in general, and Mandurah in particular.
"Mandurah is a regional city - WA's biggest outside the Perth metropolitan area, and one of the fastest-growing in the country," Mr Templeman said.
"This bus station, and the future rail service, will provide Mandurah people and visitors to the region with a fast, efficient and environmentally-friendly transport system."