Causeway changes near

Work will start later this month on transforming the Causeway into a world-class rapid transit route for public transport commuters.

The $5 million project will feature a priority bus lane in both directions down the centre of Causeway, modifications to the approaches, and the construction of a passenger transfer station in Victoria Park.

The development is part of the long-term Perth access plan to reduce congestion and pollution and make the Central Business District a more people-friendly place.

The project involves, not only building two dedicated bus lanes, but also major changes to both approaches to ensure that buses receive priority over other forms of transport. Existing east-west general traffic lanes will be reduced from three each way to two each way.

The existing Causeway west roundabout, the State’s number one blackspot, will also be replaced with a new tear-shape intersection and new traffic signals to improve safety. It will incorporate a large fountain gifted to the State by the WA Italian community.

Unveiling plans for the project, Transport Minister Murray Criddle said it would radically streamline traffic flows on the Causeway, with major benefits for motorists in terms of safety.

“l’m sure both public transport users and motorists will greet the changes enthusiastically,” he said.

“Prior to the opening of the Graham Farmer Freeway, more than 100,000 vehicles were using the Causeway, including buses from thirty service routes.

“This was among Perth’s worst traffic black spot but, thanks to diversion of 60,000-80,000 vehicles a day to the Graham Farmer Freeway, we now have a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to redefine the way the Causeway is used.

“With the opening of the new freeway and tunnel through Northbridge there has been a marked drop in peak hour traffic spilling over the Causeway on to Riverside Drive and streets such as Hay Street and Adelaide Terrace.”

Mr Criddle said the priority bus lanes project was a major step forward for public transport in Perth because the bus lanes would be linked to a new passenger transfer station in Victoria Park.

The two central Causeway lanes will also connect with dedicated bus lanes on Canning Highway and Shepperton Road, reducing delays and travel time for commuters.

Currently, about 20,000 people travel across the Causeway by bus each day and that number is expected to grow significantly.

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