Yanchep bus stop upgrades cause safety concerns on Two Rocks Road

Peter and Pauline Wimsett, Lorraine Jackson, Karen Harris and Val Morgan from Two Rocks Yanchep Residents Association. Photo: Martin Kennealey
Peter and Pauline Wimsett, Lorraine Jackson, Karen Harris and Val Morgan from Two Rocks Yanchep Residents Association. Photo: Martin Kennealey

THE Public Transport Authority is upgrading bus stops on Two Rocks Road in Yanchep to improve disability access.

PTA spokesman David Hynes said the stops near the Yanchep Beach Road junction were being upgraded in compliance with the Federal disability standards for accessible public transport.

“This is being done in response to community requests forwarded to the PTA from the City of Wanneroo,” he said.

“The City of Wanneroo is also looking to improve the path network linking to the bus stops.”

Two Rocks Yanchep Residents Association secretary Lorraine Jackson contacted Community News with concerns about safety and congestion at the stops this week.

Ms Jackson said it was less than 50m from the T-junction near Bethanie Beachside retirement village and would “cause huge problems” and congestion as there was no slip way.

Workers upgrade the bus stops on Two Rocks Road in Yanchep. Photo: Martin Kennealey

Mr Hynes said stop locations took into account a range of factors including traffic, pedestrian safety and provision of equitable access for the broader community.

“In most cases, we build bus embayments only at stops identified as timed stops (where buses must dwell if running early), in locations where there are heavy passenger movement, or where there are major attractors such as large shopping centres,” he said.

“The Two Rocks Road stops do not meet these criteria.

“Due to the need to re-enter traffic, bus embayments tend to increase journey times for bus passengers.

“At any bus stop, motorists must either wait for the bus to move off or overtake if legally and safely able to do so.

“In this location, there are raised medians to enable a pedestrian refuge, so motorists would need to wait until the bus moves on.

“Based on ticketing information, buses would be stopped only briefly, most likely less than 20 seconds.”