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Temporary bus station open

From tomorrow all bus services that usually stop at Wellington Street Bus Station (WSBS) will be transferred to a temporary facility.

Transperth spokesman David Hynes said the changes will allow work to begin to demolish WSBS so it can be replaced with a new underground facility.

“The finishing touches have been put on the temporary bus station on the Roe Street side of the Perth City Link site and now we are ready to move services across,” he said.

About 75 per cent of services from WSBS will move to the Roe Street facility and, in a few months, the remaining services (which were stopped at Esplanade Busport from last week) would start operating out of a second temporary facility, to be built on the south side of Wellington Street.

Mr Hynes said if passengers had any concerns about how they will be affected they should pick up a flyer, check the Transperth website or call the InfoLine on 13 62 13.

“The message here is make sure you’ve got a map and you know where you are going,” he said.

“It’s really important that passengers make sure they are across the changes in bus arrival and departure points over the next few months.”

WSBS took just 11 months to build and was opened on March 2 1973 by then Premier John Tonkin. It was originally known as the Perth Central Bus Station.

It has typically been used for bus services arriving and departing from the western and northern suburbs while the Esplanade Busport mostly services buses from the south and east of the city.

The new underground Perth Busport will be completed in 2016, at which time all services will be transferred from the temporary locations into the new permanent facility.

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