Ranford Road bus lanes complete
- Joint project to deliver improved bus travel times complete
- $8 million project with contributions from State, Federal and local governments
- New lanes will support operation of buses to the new METRONET station at Ranford Road on the Thornlie-Cockburn Link (work to begin in 2019)
Transperth passengers on Ranford Road are saving up to six minutes on their commute thanks to the completion of new peak-period bus lanes.
Passengers on routes operating to Murdoch Station involving the 204, 205, 206, 207, 517, 518 and 519 will benefit.
The lanes run along Ranford Road, between Bannister Road and Nicholson Road. The project was delivered in four stages by the Public Transport Authority (PTA).
They will apply during peak hours, from 6.30am-9am (towards Bannister Road) and 4pm-6.30pm (away from Bannister Road). Cars can drive in the bus priority lanes during off-peak times, and during peak times for 100 metres before entering or after exiting side streets.
The PTA has also recently completed a project to construct a bus-only right-hand turn (RHT) lane at the intersection of Craig Street and Great Eastern Highway in Burswood. The 120m bus lane will cater for buses travelling from the nearby Victoria Park Transfer Station and will increase the efficiency of Transperth services while reducing congestion on Burswood Road.
Anyone caught driving in the lanes during the marked peak times risks a $100 fine and three demerit points.
The average Transperth bus can carry between 70 and 100 passengers depending on its size. With buses running more efficiently in the bus priority lanes there is the potential to take hundreds of cars off the road. Lanes are being added to the existing carriageway, therefore reducing existing congestion and providing a safe and efficient alternative for road users.
Comments attributed to Transport Minister Rita Saffioti:
"Bus priority lanes reduce travel times for people doing the right thing and using public transport - they make trips faster and more reliable.
"I would like to thank the City of Canning for working with the State Government on the Ranford Road bus lanes - an important project that will improve travel times in this corridor.
"More than four out of every five Transperth buses are regularly on time, and projects like this ensure they continue to be a safe and reliable alternative to the car for getting around."
Comments attributed to Jandakot MLA Yaz Mubarakai:
"In peak hour we have a Transperth bus nearly every two minutes travelling along Ranford Road, each capable of carrying up to 100 people.
"Ranford Road is becoming an increasingly important transit route, particularly as we see the population grow in the surrounding suburbs.
"This upgrade makes taking public transport that much easier. The bus lane will eventually, as part of the METRONET program of works, provide quicker access to the future Ranford Road Station on the Thornlie-Cockburn Link."