Use passes expectation: Butler train station

Use passes expectation: Butler train station

MORE than 2000 people on average board trains daily at Butler station, the State Government says.

Marking a year since the rail extension opened, Transport Minister Dean Nalder said the station had achieved its patronage goal of 2000 daily boardings nine days after it opened.

According to a statement, it averaged 2022 boardings daily last month, and in total about 600,000 people had stepped on to trains at Butler since September 2014.

Mr Nalder said the Butler extension had done more than reduce pressure on other Joondalup line stations.

“Transperth data shows this station has also encouraged new users on to public transport and away from their cars,” he said.

“In August 2014, all bus and train services in the Clarkson, Butler and Yanchep catchment recorded an average of 9496 daily boardings.

“In August 2015, that number was up 13 per cent, at 10,759.”

Butler station has more than 930 car bays, and Mr Nalder’s statement also highlighted the Edgewater station multi-storey car park development, due to finish by the end of 2016. That project will see 1450 car bays provided at Edgewater.

Butler MLA John Quigley said while the community welcomed the arrival of rail in Butler, they also wanted Mitchell Freeway to extend farther north to Romeo Road and rail to Yanchep.

Mr Nalder said the $261.4 million freeway extension to Hester Avenue should be completed in mid-2017.