City of Wanneroo bus stop policy out for public comment

The policy will guide provision of bus shelters and paths, including in subdivisions such as Amberton in Eglinton.  Photo: Martin Kennealey
The policy will guide provision of bus shelters and paths, including in subdivisions such as Amberton in Eglinton. Photo: Martin Kennealey

A POLICY on bus stop infrastructure in the City of Wanneroo is out for public comment for four weeks from today.

The council unanimously endorsed a draft policy in March, agreeing to advertise it for public comment for 28 days.

The policy would guide provision of bus shelters, paths and other infrastructure that encourages use of public transport and provides safe waiting places for passengers.

“The provision of any infrastructure at bus stops must comply with Public Transport Authority disability standards,” the policy said.

Some developers of estates such as Allara in Eglinton have provided bus shelters in new subdivisions. Photo: Martin Kennealey

“The provision of bus shelters will be prioritised by the criteria based scoring system.”

Criteria include the stop’s final alignment, paths, shelter design, road safety, existing awnings or shelters and consultation with PTA and adjacent property owners or tenants.

The policy sets out scores for attractions such as shopping centres, employment centres, tourist attractions, sports facilities, tertiary education institutions and retirement homes.

It said rubbish bins would be installed at stops with more than 15 people boarding a day, based on the City’s capacity to collect waste regularly.

“All bus stops and ancillary infrastructure existing within new subdivisions are required to comply with Public Transport Bus Stop Layout Guidelines,” the policy said.

“All existing stops on district distributor roads are required to have a bus embayment and bus shelter.

“All bus stop infrastructure provided under a commercial arrangement to the City is exempt from this policy, except compliance to the disability standards outlined by the PTA.”

The consultation period will close on July 23. Visit www.wanneroo.wa.gov.au for more information.