Cockburn park and ride expansion just a short term fix

Locals will be asked for their priorities for the long term planning of public transport in Cockburn at a public meeting being organised by The Greens:
 
Monday 26 September at 6.45pm (for a 7pm start)
Cockburn Seniors Centre – 9 Coleville Crescent Spearwood

 
The forum is open to all members and will feature information from the Department of Transport, an opportunity to give direct feedback on the proposed plan and presentations from Mayor Logan Howlett, Lynn MacLaren MLC and Senator Scott Ludlam.
 
The upgrades and expansion of park and ride facilities at Cockburn Central station are a welcome but only temporary solution to commuter’s woes.
 
“The additional 470 bays will provide some relief for train users, but only until they are also full to capacity, then what?” said Lynn MacLaren, Greens WA Spokesperson for Transport. “Unless we provide people with fast efficient transit links to the stations, the pressure on park and ride will just continue to grow.”
 
The State Government’s long range planning document Public Transport for Perth in 2031, shows no substantial improvements to public transport feeder services to the train station until after 2020 and no network improvements to the east of Cockburn Central for more than 20 years.
 
“Are bus lanes painted on the road the only public transport upgrades the southern corridor can expect in the next 20 years?” asked Ms MacLaren.
 
The report proposes that Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) be used to service the south western corridor, which is already in operation along parts of Hampton Road Fremantle and South Street Murdoch. However these lines painted on the road fall well short of international examples of BRT.
 
“Light rail would offer a better service with a higher capacity and additional urban development and environmental benefits than BRT,” said Senator Scott Ludlam.
 
“The State Government has finally conceded that light rail is ideal for the central and northern suburbs, the southern region also deserves that same level of service on its major routes.” Senator Ludlam said. "Now is the time to make this case while the government is seeking comment – so come along and have your say.”

You are invited to find out more and have your say about the long term planning for Perth's public transport. Come along to a meeting being held near you.