Shelter priorities on City agenda

The installation of a bus shelter on Landbeach Boulevard in Butler will be included on the council’s 2014-15 priority list. Picture: Matt Jelonek www.communitypix.com.au d421678
The installation of a bus shelter on Landbeach Boulevard in Butler will be included on the council’s 2014-15 priority list. Picture: Matt Jelonek www.communitypix.com.au d421678

BUS stops in the City of Wanneroo become eligible for bus shelters faster than they can be funded, a council report shows.

Wanneroo City Council will consider nominating 10 bus stops for shelter installations in 2014-15 at its meeting tonight.

The June 24 agenda papers include a report on the City’s bus shelter program, which receives $50,000 a year.

‘Under the current funding, the City can only fund the installation of five new bus shelters per year,’ the report said.

‘If the City continues to give priority to installing bus shelters at sites that meet the Public Transport Authority’s bus shelter grant scheme, nine to 10 bus shelters can be installed, depending on site costs.’

The report said there were currently 877 bus stops in the City, with shelters at just 120 of those, although many of the others had little demand from boarding passengers.

It said, based on patronage data for March 2014, there were 119 sites eligible for co-funding under the scheme and the list was growing by about 12 stops a year.

At the present rate, the current list of eligible stops, where patronage figures vary between 56 and 15 people boarding, would all receive shelters by about 2026.

At last week’s briefing session, the City’s infrastructure director Dennis Blair said staff included a shelter at a stop on Landbeach Boulevard, after Clontarf Way in Butler, in the 2014-15 list, even though its patronage figures of 38 were lower than at other stops.

‘It will be included in the priority list for 2014-15 (because) it has previously been approved by the council (last August),’ Mr Blair said.

That decision resulted from a 28-signature petition in April 2013 seeking a bus shelter outside house number 98.

The other nine stops on the 2014-15 priority list are in Girrawheen, Yanchep, Tapping, Hocking, Butler (2), Quinns Rocks, Alkimos and Banksia Grove.