Singleton resident says suburb needs better service from Transperth


Ken Wiggins says there needs to be better bus service to Singleton. Picture: Jon Hewson
Ken Wiggins says there needs to be better bus service to Singleton. Picture: Jon Hewson

SINGLETON resident Ken Wiggins is calling for more public transport in the coastal suburb.

He said the public bus service only covered about 10 per cent of Singleton and the southern part of the suburb did not have a bus service.

Mr Wiggins said Singleton had been “ignored” and residents had been complaining for about four years.

A Public Transport Authority spokeswoman said Transperth works hard to ensure that metropolitan residents were within a manageable walk of a bus service.

“In 2015-16, 84 per cent of Perth homes were within 500m of a bus stop or station, providing an acceptable level of service (20 minute frequency or better during peak, and hourly during the core of the day),” she said.

“In some situations we are unable to provide bus services because of access constraints, and this is the case in Singleton, as with many older suburbs which have poor road layouts.”

The spokeswoman said the majority of Singleton had access to bus service Route 558.

“However, because of limited road access to the southern part of the suburb, Route 558 operates only in the northern section of Singleton,” she said.

“There is no exit in the southern part (the main access is via Singleton Beach Road, which runs through the middle of the suburb).

“If buses were required to service the southern section, journey times – which are already long due to the constrained nature of the streets in the area – would be significantly longer as buses would need to double back.

“This would be detrimental to existing passengers, and a deterrent to any potential new passengers.”

The spokeswoman said until there were changes to the road alignment in the area, Transperth has no plans to amend the route of buses servicing Singleton.

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