Station works will improve travel: PTA

Work on an upgraded bus port.
Work on an upgraded bus port.

However, if you ride a motorcycle you’re in luck, with 10 new bays set to be built.

This week, the Public Transport Authority gave the Courier an exclusive tour of the building site that is currently the station carpark, and while no extra bays are being built, the PTA believes its upgrades (anticipated to be completed by late 2013) will significantly improve commuters’ travel experiences.

PTA spokesman David Hynes said the railway line and a conservation area in the vicinity meant the authority couldn’t extend parking beyond the current 800 bays.

‘The PTA cannot increase the number of bays at Warnbro station as we do not own the land around the station,’ he said.

Public transport users, particularly those who are picked up and dropped off at the station, or get the bus, will no doubt be hoping the works ” which include a significantly upgraded bus port with shelters and kiss-and-drive area, which will also feature shelter from the elements ” are completed by winter.

Mr Hynes said the new bus area also leaves more space for future expansion.

‘There are no plans to expand bus services to and from Warnbro at this point but we’re certainly carefully monitoring demand,’ he said.

Stormwater run-off into surrounding areas will also be lessened, with the installation of two large sumps.

The new bus-exclusive entry is also larger, so it is not only safer but provides better manoeuvrability for articulated buses.

Construction is half-completed, with projects still to come include completing the installation of lighting, CCTV and ‘data’ items including electronic train time displays at bus shelters, signage, ceilings and road alignments.

Construction began on September 10, and while weather is not expected to delay the project, the PTA has not released an opening date.