More buses to come for booming Baldivis

new routes proposed
new routes proposed

Many Baldivis residents have complained about the lack of services in the sprawling suburb and the bus routes that often wind for kilometres through several housing estates to reach Warnbro railway station.

The PTA will host public forums for residents to comment on the proposed changes to eight bus service routes in Baldivis.

Fifty Road resident Jacquie Gibson recently collected about 1000 signatures, which she has submitted to Kwinana MLA Roger Cook.

‘I spent four days outside the shopping centre; I got a lot of feedback from people having to walk 2.5km to school or catch a bus at 5.30am to get to school on time,’ she said.

‘Lots of elderly people, who won’t be able to drive much longer, can’t get to any public transport.’

Ms Gibson said the problems were exacerbated by the lack of parking at nearby Warnbro railway station.

‘You go to Warnbro and there are no parking spaces left, then have to drive to Rockingham,’ she said.

‘Baldivis is one of the fastest-growing areas in WA but it’s awfully hard to use public transport here.’

PTA spokesman David Hynes said Transperth constantly monitored its service and had two bus routes servicing Baldivis.

Under the proposed changes, there would be an extra service to reduce journey times for Baldivis Central estate residents.

‘Route 567 will operate seven days a week. It is proposed to operate every 20 minutes in peak times and hourly off-peak Monday to Friday and on weekends,’ he said.

Mr Hynes said routes 564 and 568 operated 94 trips on school days.

The PTA will host a forum at Baldivis shopping centre tomorrow from 9am to 1pm. Submissions close next Friday April 26.