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Damien Seery started this petition to Legislative Council

People of Bullsbrook deserve a frequent bus service to and from Ellenbrook station for basic need's like work,Doctor's appointment's,shopping,education for some exaples.

Public transport options in Bullsbrook have remained largely the same for decades and only run between Midland and Bullsbrook. This is despite the fact that the rise of retail, entertainment, educational and medical facilities available in Ellenbrook means more and more people are accessing services there, if they can’t be found locally.

sbrook Newsagency to Ellenbrook Central shopping centre takes 18 minutes via car, but with the current arrangements would take nearly 80 minutes via public transport. It involves catching a bus from Bullsbrook to Midland, a train to Bassendean; another bus to Ellenbrook, with approximately half a kilometre of walking along the way. And even if you do choose to tackle this route you have to hope you can fit your journey around the three early morning, one mid-morning and one afternoon bus departures.

It’s an issue that has been raised by various community groups in the past but with no success. This is in part because – as a general trend – despite increased capacity, higher frequency services and coverage of new residential areas, fewer people are using buses now than in the past (according to the 2017 Planning and Management of Bus Services report).

It now costs $1.18 per passenger kilometre compared with $0.92 in 2006-07, and that cost along the 311 Bullsbrook to Midland route is $11.04 per passenger kilometre. But as is often the case in these situations you find yourself in a catch-22: more people will be likely to catch buses and therefore bring the cost down if they were more frequent and were actually going where people needed them to go. With the City of Swan’s local planning area forecasting Bullsbrook’s population to grow to almost 40,000 by 2040, and with the Metronet rail system coming to Ellenbrook by 2024 it would certainly be wise to have this route in place – especially considering Ellenbrook train station will only have capacity for 500 parking bays, so the more people accessing this service by bus the better.

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