Perth: morning commuters faced with fog and bus driver strike

Morning fog in Northbridge. Photo: Lauren Pilat.
Morning fog in Northbridge. Photo: Lauren Pilat.

Heavy fog and a bus drivers strike in Perth have made it harder for morning commuters to get to work today.

According to the Bureau of Metrology, the fog was caused by a weak low-pressure system south of Rottnest that pushed a shallow layer of moisture over the coast.

Main Roads put out a fog warning in the metropolitan area, saying there was reduced visibility and that drivers needed to switch their headlights on, ensure they allowed for safe braking distance and allow for extra travel time.

The fog is particularly strong on Mitchell Freeway between Hester and Whitfords Avenues and Tonkin Highway in Redcliffe, with low visibility expected on Perth roads until about 8am.

Traffic is expected to be heavier than usual too with Perth bus drivers from Transdev WA on strike from 6am to 10am fighting for better working conditions.

The company operates 107 bus routes providing 7100 timetable services per weekday across Perth, including CAT bus services, in the Perth, Rockingham, Mandurah, Joondalup and Fremantle areas.

Transdev Perth managing director Ben Smith encouraged people who usually use public transport to make alternative travel plans where possible.

“We’ll be getting as many buses on the road as we can, with a focus on ensuring school services run as close to normal as possible,” he said.

Transport Workers Union national president Tim Dawson said dozens of routes would be affected, including the free CAT bus service in the city.

“Our bus drivers find no pleasure in inconveniencing the community and travelling public, but our bus drivers have been patient for too long,” he said.

According to Transperth, Blue CAT and Green CAT services will not be running but Red and Yellow CATs are operating as normal.

Information about affected services can be found on the Transperth website.