THE Metropolitan Redevelopment Authority is still assessing plans for a second bus entrance to the Perth busport from Wellington Street, according to Transport Minister Dean Nalder.
‘The Wellington Street entrance is a congestion-busting device that will become an important part of keeping traffic and people moving through the city,’ Mr Nalder said.
However City of Perth councillors said at an October meeting that the Public Transport Authority (PTA) had provided insufficient evidence of the entrance’s worth.
‘This has been hotly discussed and I have been on tenterhooks since we were briefed,’ Cr Judy McEvoy said.
‘It will be a total blight on the street, intrusive, a major inconvenience to business in the area and see a great loss of parking.’
The City has asked for more details from the PTA before making final comment on the entry.
Last week, Mr Nalder unveiled the final design for Perth’s new state-of-the-art underground busport.
He said the new $209 million station, split over two levels, would be among the best in the world when complete in 2016.
‘Passengers will be able to access the busport from three separate entrances at ground level and connect seamlessly to Perth City Link,’ he said.
Among other services, lifts, stairs and escalators will connect passengers from the ground-level entry points to the underground, fully airconditioned lounge level, which will have about 160 seats.