Plan for third terminus

The suggestion, supported by the planning committee and expected to go to council in the coming weeks, would see a terminus built between Wellington Street and Roe Street at the intersection of Pier Street on land made available through the sinking of the railway.

A report to the committee says the terminus would provide access to the north-east of the central city area.

It would also provide an end point for buses travelling from the north of the city, without forcing them to go through the central area.

The report says current access to the Wellington Street facility cannot be increased, which would further heighten the need for another terminus to cater for growing demand.

It also says proposed light rail service running down Fitzgerald Street and Alexander Drive would make a north eastern bus terminus serving buses running down Beaufort Street more appropriate.

‘Wellington Street underground station was originally planned to serve buses predominantly to and from Fitzgerald Street. This corridor will now be served by light rail,’ the report says.

‘The new bus station will now need to serve other corridors, including the north and east. Buses will now have to crawl through the central core to get into the underground station on the west side of the CBD.’

But Transport Minister Troy Buswell said an additional bus station was unnecessary.

‘The new $250 million bus station we are building will give us capacity for 30 years, so we do not need a third city bus station,’ he said.

‘It (the new station) provides a close and almost immediate connection to central Perth station, Perth underground station and in years to come, an immediate connection to light rail as it comes through City Square.’

Cr Rob Butler said the proposal aimed to broaden the parameters when discussing future transport needs in the City.