22/11/2016 - 13:17

Ellenbrook bus corridor gets contractor, start date

22/11/2016 - 13:17

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The state government has named the preferred proponent for its $55 million Ellenbrook Bus Rapid Transit project, with work expected to begin by the end of the year.

Bill Marmion says the Ellenbrook project will provide a streamlined public transport service. Photo: Attila Csaszar

The state government has named the preferred proponent for its $55 million Ellenbrook Bus Rapid Transit project, with work expected to begin by the end of the year.

Transport Minister Bill Marmion announced CPB Contractors would work with Main Roads Western Australia, the Public Transport Authority of WA and the City of Swan to deliver the project, which was allocated funding in the most recent state budget.

CPB's design and construct contract is worth $41.9 million, according to the government tenders web site.

The project comes after the state government backed away from more ambitious transport plans for Ellenbrook earlier this year, including a heavy rail link.

“The BRT will provide a vital transport link between Ellenbrook, its neighbouring communities and the Midland train line,” Mr Marmion said.

“This project will deliver a faster, reliable bus service for commuters in Perth’s north-eastern corridor, particularly those living in Ellenbrook, Brabham and Dayton, by creating a 9-kilometre, two-lane continuous dedicated bus transit way from Ellenbrook to Marshall Road.”

Construction is expected to begin before the end of the year, with the new rapid bus service to commence in 2018.

The project also includes construction of two sections of new road (dubbed ‘New Lord Street’) between Gnangara Road and Park Street, and continuing between Youle-Dean and Marshall roads.

New bus stations will also be built at Ellenbrook town centre, Henley Brook and Dayton, with the plan also incorporating 9km of shared path between the new Ellenbrook bus station and Marshall Road.

Cycling facilities will also be built at the new stations.

A fourth bus station has been planned near Youle-Dean Road.

“This is great news for all families, commuters and residents in these areas as they will have a reliable, streamlined public transport service,” Mr Marmion said.

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