WEST Australian Transport Minister Dean Nalder last week released details of the design of the $209 million Perth Busport and said the new facility will have a strong emphasis on passenger comfort and operate like an airport passenger lounge when it is completed in 2016.
The bus station is spilt over two levels with lifts, stairs and escalators connecting passengers from the ground-level entry points to the underground, 16-stand, fully air-conditioned lounge level, which will have about 160 seats.
The lounge area is divided into four sections, each with four stands. Bus services to specific areas (north, east, south and west) will generally operate from the same section and large screens will provide passengers with up-to-date service information, including stand locations and departure times.
"Passengers will be able to access the busport from three separate entrances at ground level and connect seamlessly to Perth City Link," the Minister said.
"Perth Busport will accommodate 50 per cent more bus movements than its predecessor because of the airport-style Dynamic-Stand-Management System.
"The system allocates each bus to a stand between two to five minutes before departing the busport. Screens at each entrance and throughout the facility will notify passengers where their service will leave from."
Mr Nalder said plans for a second bus entrance to the Perth Busport from Wellington Street were still being assessed by the Metropolitan Redevelopment Authority.
"The Wellington Street entrance is a congestion-busting device that will become an important part of keeping traffic and people moving through the city," he said.
In addition to consultation with local government and approving authorities, a Perth Busport Accessibility and Inclusion Reference Group has been created to discuss the project and offer advice on how to best cater for passengers with different needs.
The Perth Busport is being built as part of the Perth City Link project, which aims to reconnect the CBD with Northbridge and create a vibrant new mixed-use precinct. The contract for the busport, which replaces the Wellington Street Bus Station, was awarded to the City Busport Alliance (Brookfield Multiplex and BG&E).
In addition to the bus component, the project also involved the sinking of the Fremantle Line between William Street and Lake/King Street and upgrades to Perth Station. The first trains travelled through the 600-metre tunnel in July this year.
The precinct is also expected to attract approximately $4 billion worth of private investment and provide approximately 244,000 square metres of commercial and retail space and around 1,650 new dwellings.