The Western Australian Government has awarded a $55 million contract to design and construct the state’s first dedicated bus corridor, the Ellenbrook Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) in northeastern Perth.

CPB Contractors will work with Main Roads WA, the Public Transport Authority, and the City of Swan to deliver the project.

Western Australian Minister for Transport, Bill Marmion, said, “The BRT will provide a vital transport link between Ellenbrook, its neighbouring communities and the Midland train line.

“This project will deliver a faster, reliable bus service for commuters in Perth’s northeastern 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.

“Construction on the project will also generate around 100 jobs.”

Mr Marmion said the new rapid bus service would commence in 2018 with each bus having the capacity to transport up to 80 passengers.

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.

“This is great news for all families, commuters and residents in these areas as they will have a reliable, streamlined public transport service,” Mr Marmion said.

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