Second bus entry is ‘hotly debated’

Second bus entry is ‘hotly debated’

The controversial plan was presented to council by the Metropolitan Redevelopment Authority (MRA) and Public Transport Authority (PTA) last year as part of the Perth City Link project.

While the PTA stands by the infrastructure, last week the council decided that the PTA had provided insufficient evidence and statistical data to support its benefits.

‘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 businesses in the area and see a great loss of parking.’

Cr Reece Harley agreed.

‘It’s a very large tunnel with poor aesthetic design at the opening of the new city plaza,’ Cr Harley said.

‘We should not proceed unless convinced of the benefits.’

The aim of the proposed entry is to improve efficiency of bus services and reduce traffic congestion in the area.

It would be positioned at the centre of Wellington Street and have two traffic lanes either side extending from the intersection of William Street and the Horseshoe Bridge through to King Street.

Ultimately, PTA spokesman David Hynes said the MRA was the approving body for the development application for the entrance.

‘The Wellington Street entrance will be an important piece of infrastructure that will reduce congestion and benefit motorists, pedestrians and public transport users,’ Mr Hynes said.

‘It will remove all buses (except CATs) from Wellington Street between William and Milligan streets, and will reduce the number of buses in William Street by about 40 per cent.’

The City has requested more details from the PTA before making final comments on the proposed entry; however, in its absence it would not support the entry.