Changes to buses at WSBS
A number of bus routes which would normally go through to Wellington Street Bus Station (WSBS) will stop at Esplanade Busport from this Sunday.
This starts the process of making way for the demolition of WSBS to begin.
Transperth spokesman David Hynes said it was the first of a number of changes to bus movements in the city.
“There are seven bus routes and a number of school specials that would typically make a stop at the Esplanade Busport and continue on to WSBS to drop passengers off,” he said.
“From Sunday, those bus routes will finish their journey at Esplanade. In a few months, once we have built a temporary bus station on Wellington Street, the routes will be restored to their usual course.”
The routes affected are 30, 31, 34, 213, 220, 881 and 940.
On Sunday January 12, the remaining 75 per-cent of services operating in and out of WSBS will be moved a temporary bus station already built on the Roe Street side of the Perth City Link site.
“This temporary bus station will be in use for about two and a half years while WSBS is demolished and the new underground Perth Busport built in its place,” Mr Hynes said.
Last month Transperth launched an extensive awareness campaign about the changes.
“We have handed out 15,000 flyers, have displayed dozens of posters and have our staff out on the ground to discuss these changes with passengers.
“A lot of work has gone into making sure the temporary bus station is as comfortable as possible for passengers. It will be monitored by CCTV and there will be shelter for passengers.”
In addition to the service disruptions around the WSBS works, a number of Perth bus services are also changing to accommodate the changes to CBD roads, both temporary and permanent.
“If you are planning to catch a bus either into or out of the city in January, please visit the Transperth website to see if your journey will be affected. Alternatively you can call the Transperth InfoLine on 13 62 13.”
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.