Residents want bus route extended

LtoR: Jessica Thompson (18), Glynis and Eric Monks (Wandi)
LtoR: Jessica Thompson (18), Glynis and Eric Monks (Wandi)

There is no public transport within Honeywood, a developing estate within the suburb of Wandi.

Some route 527 buses divert to the fringe of Honeywood during school days to service students from Atwell College and other nearby schools.

Honeywood resident Glynis Monks said the estate deserved public transport.

‘The 527 bus is the closest service but the nearest stop is about a 2km walk for us,’ she said.

‘We believe a bus service may be introduced when Aubin Grove train station is complete in 2016 but that is still two years away.

‘In the interim, the most logical solution would be to extend route 527 to the intersection of Lyons Road and Morwell Entrance or provide a service directly to Kwinana train station.

‘Honeywood is burgeoning and public transport is really needed for residents.’

Jessica Thompson said her regular commute to Perth for her studies was ‘arduous’.

‘I don’t drive, so the only way I can commute is by getting a lift to Kwinana train station,’ she said.

‘It is difficult for those who don’t drive or do not have a car.’

Public Transport Authority (PTA) spokesman David Hynes said the area’s population growth would be monitored.

‘Honeywood estate is relatively small, and further development and population growth is required to justify introducing a new route,’ he said.

‘We expect that over time, the area will achieve the level of patronage required to justify additional bus services.’