I have proposed that council supports a trial to keep all buses – except the CAT – off the cappuccino strip over summer. What do you think?
Below is the Notice of Motion that will be debated on Wednesday 10 October:
That the Council requests that the Public Transport Authority continues the current service deviation of bus routes 98, 99, 511, 513, 520, 530, 531, 532, 825, 920 in place due to road works underway on the “Cappuccino Strip” (Market Street and the northern end of South Terrace) as a trial over summer.
The CAT bus will resume its route along the cappuccino strip as soon as possible.
The buses – Routes 98, 99, 511, 513, 520, 530, 531, 532, 825, 920 – will to continue to divert along Parry Street, Elder Street and Phillimore Street (as outlined on the PTA website and copied below) from the beginning of the Fremantle Festival (Sunday 28 October) until the end of the Street Arts Festival (Easter Monday 2013).
During the trial, evidence will be collected to monitor the impact of the bus diversion on:
– the effect on traffic flow in the CBD
– bus passengers
– traders and
– community feedback
Details of the redirection from the Transperth website
Routes 98, 99, 511, 513, 520, 530, 531, 532, 825, 920 – Service Deviation
Effective: From Monday 24 September 2012 until further notice
On Monday 24 September 2012 until further notice, the above mentioned routes will deviate due to road closures on South Terrace.
Services will deviate as follows:
Routes 98, 99, 511, 513, 520, 530, 531, 532, 825 and 920
To Fremantle Station: Services will travel normal route along South Terrace, deviate right Parry Street, left Elder Street/Phillimore Street and right into Fremantle Station.
Passengers are advised that the following bus stops will not be in use during these times:
10468 (South Terrace, after Parry Street)
10469 (South Terrace, before High Street).
The nearest available bus stop during these times will be a temporary bus stop 20304 (Parry Street, after South Terrace).
From Fremantle Station: Services will travel normal route from Fremantle Station and then deviate left Elder Street/Phillimore Street, right Parry Street, left South Terrace to resume normal route.
Passengers are advised that bus stop 16980 (South Terrace, before Parry Street) will not be in use during these times.
The nearest available bus stop during these times will be bus stop 10454 (Fremantle Hospital – Blue CAT Stop 4).
There is currently more than 800 bus movements along the Cappuccino Strip every day.
Since the road works, and associated bus redirection commenced, I have had feedback from various sources that the reduction in traffic noise and fumes has greatly improved the amenity, safety and enjoyment of the area. There is little reason for the buses to go through the social centre of town. The temporary stops on Parry Street are only approximately 100m from the existing stop outside the markets on South Terrace, thus it is not that much further to walk.
By continuing to run the CAT Bus on the Cappuccino Strip, it will ensure that those with mobility concerns and visitors will still have good access to the strip and other key city destinations. The CAT bus will also enable easy connections to the transit bus routes via the train station and the stops outside the hospital. However this will reduce the bus movements along the strip to once every 10 – 15 minutes in each direction.
The upgrades underway on South Terrace and Market Street are designed to make it safer and more pleasant for people. We do not plan to close it off to cars entirely any time soon, however we do want to shift their dominance of the space.
Council has a request in with Main Roads to reduce the speed limit to 30km per hour, which – combined with the new raised paved area at the corner of Market Street / South Terrace and the planter boxes with trees down the centre of the road – it may not be the best route for buses anyway?
But perhaps I am wrong. That is why I am suggesting that this be a trial over the summer. I think this is a great opportunity for a test drive 🙂 what do you think?
This issue will be debated at the Council’s Strategic and General Services committee meeting on Wednesday 10 October. I welcome your feedback on the idea before then, or during the trial should it go ahead.