THE West Australian Government last week announced that CPB Contractors has been selected as the preferred proponent to work with Main Roads WA, the Public Transport Authority and the City of Swan to deliver the $55 million Ellenbrook Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) project.
"The BRT will provide a vital transport link between Ellenbrook, its neighbouring communities and the Midland train line," Transport Minister Bill Marmion said.
"This project will deliver a faster, reliable bus service for commuters in Perth's north-eastern corridor, particularly those living in Ellenbrook, Brabham and Dayton, by creating a nine-kilometre, two-lane continuous dedicated bus transit way from Ellenbrook to Marshall Road.
The Minister said the new rapid bus service would commence in 2018 with each bus having capacity to transport up to 80 passengers. Construction is expected to commence by the end of this year.
In addition to the bus transit way, two sections of new road, known as 'New Lord Street' will be constructed between Gnangara Road and Park Street, and continuing between Youle-Dean and Marshall roads, virtually doubling the capacity of the existing Lord Street.
New bus stations will be provided at Ellenbrook town centre, Henley Brook and Dayton, with a future station planned near Youle-Dean Road.
The project includes nine kilometres of shared path between the new Ellenbrook bus station and Marshall Road, with cycling facilities planned at the new stations to improve accessibility.