THE Ellenbrook Bus Rapid Transit System is a step closer after the State Government put out a tender for its design and construction.
The State Government allocated $49 million in this year’s Budget to the project, which would see a 9km dedicated bus lane on Lord Street from Ellenbrook town centre station to the Marshall Street station in Dayton.
A bus station would also be built in Henley Brook.
Transport Minister Dean Nalder said he hoped the contract would be signed and the project started before the State Election in March.
The Government has been under scrutiny by the Ellenbrook community since a 2008 election promise of a train line was broken and subsequent plans for an earlier bus rapid transit proposal were shelved in 2013.
Opposition transport spokesman Ben Wyatt said the Bus Rapid Transit was ludicrous.
“What is going on in the Liberal Party, when you can spend that sort of money on what is effectively a bus lane that doesn’t get you to the end of your journey?” he said.