Bus passengers on Ranford Road are set to experience improved travel times, following the completion of new peak-period bus lanes.
The lanes will service passengers on routes operating to Murdoch Station, providing a safe and efficient alternative for commuters.
“Bus priority lanes reduce travel times for people doing the right thing and using public transport – they make trips faster and more reliable,” Transport Minister Rita Saffioti said.
“More than four out of every five Transperth buses are regularly on time, and projects like this ensure they continue to be a safe and reliable alternative to the car for getting around.”
The lanes will run along Ranford Road between Bannister Road and Nicholson Road and apply during peak hours from 6:30am to 9am towards Bannister Road and 4pm to 6:30pm away from Bannister Road.
It will service passengers on the 204, 205, 206, 207, 517, 518 and 519 bus routes.
Cars will be able to drive in the bus priority lanes during off-peak times and during peak times for 100 metres before entering or leaving side streets.
Anyone caught driving in the lanes during peak times will face a $100 fine and three demerit points.
The Public Transport Authority has also completed a project to build a bus-only right-hand turn at the intersection of Craig Street and Great Eastern Highway in Burswood.
It will cater to buses travelling from Victoria Park Transfer Station, increasing the efficiency of Transperth buses while lowering congestion on Burswood Road.
Jandakot MLA Yaz Mubarakai said Ranford Road was becoming an increasingly important travel route.
“In peak hour we have a Transperth bus nearly every two minutes travelling along Ranford Road, each capable of carrying up to 100 people,” Mr Mubarakai said.
He said Transperth was helping reduce road congestion while making travel more convenient.
“This upgrade makes taking public transport that much easier. The bus lane will eventually, as part of the Metronet program of works, provide quicker access to the future Randford Road Station on the Thornlie-Cockburn Link.”