Pinjarra public transport anger

Mr Templeman said Transport Minister Dean Nalder had rejected a request from himself and the Shire of Murray that the existing Route 500 bus service be expanded.

�I can�t believe how short-sighted this decision is,�� he said.

�The bus service between Mandurah and Pinjarra services the Barragup/Furnissdale communities, North and South Yunderup and Ravenswood.

�The service only allows a limited public transport connection for people in the Shire of Murray to Mandurah and also allows people living in Mandurah a public transport connection to Pinjarra.

�Route 600 is too infrequent and does not service these communities after 6pm or on weekends. This is unacceptable for such a fast-growing part of the Peel region.�

Mr Templeman said growth areas between Mandurah and Pinjarra should be serviced appropriately and that failure to provide the much needed link was a huge blow to the growing number of people living in these areas.

But Transperth spokesman David Hynes said Transperth had a finite budget and a responsibility to administer taxpayer funds in a way that benefited the greatest number in the community.

�Transperth operates Route 600 and a number of school services in Barragup, Furnissdale, Ravenswood and North and South Yunderup,�� he said.

�These areas are on the urban fringe and low-density, with relatively long distances between the catchments.

�This limits the number of passengers in the area and makes running a viable bus service difficult.�

Mr Hynes said patronage on Route 600 weekday services between Mandurah and Pinjarra was low: about eight passengers each trip.

�It is one of the poorer-performing routes in the Transperth network and makes it difficult to justify extending services.��

He said Transperth would continue to monitor demand.