In response to last week’s Guardian Express article and ongoing concern from Mt Hawthorn parents that students were being forced to spend up to 50 minutes in transit on public transport to attend the high school, Ms Evangel announced a new service would start in 2015.
In a letter to residents, Ms Evangel said she met with Transperth staff and highlighted the increasing number of children attending Churchlands SHS from Mt Hawthorn, including Year 7 students.
‘I have now been informed that as of the commencement of the 2015 school year, Transperth will be implementing a new school special bus service operating between Glendalough station and Churchlands SHS,’ she said.
‘This will save students from having to catch public bus services all the way up to Stirling station to transfer to school special bus services travelling back down to Churchlands SHS.’
She said a new high frequency 400 route, coming on line in 2015, would enable students to travel between Scarborough Beach Road and Glendalough station.
Ms Evangel said Transperth had committed to adding more buses to service the school next year.
Parent Fiona Miotti said it was a fantastic result. ‘Moving forward it’s a very good outcome, which will benefit the Mt Hawthorn community,’ she said.