A proposed new bus route through Glendalough will go along a section of Dodd Street, part of the NW23 route used by hundreds of commuters.
Dodd Street resident Daryl Hall said it was used by a lot of cyclists and the Harborne-Dodd streets intersection was too tight for a bus, particularly in the morning peak hour southbound traffic.
Cyclists would find it difficult to cross Harborne Street when a bus was turning through the intersection.
Also, children had to cross Harborne Street at the intersection to get to the primary school.
The proposed schedule was for three buses an hour each way in the peak hours, a total of six buses. In off-peak hours, a total of four buses an hour would use Dodd Street.
Residents wanted Route 85 to use John Sanders Drive and Herdsman Parade because they were designed for traffic and had lights at Herdsman Parade-Jon Sanders Drive and Harborne Street-Jon Sanders Drive, which also had a right-turn arrow which would help buses going from Glendalough Station to the city.
Transperth has called for public comment on the bus route changes by 5pm on Friday, November 16.
Route 85 will run from Wellington Street Bus Station to Glendalough Train Station and return and replace Route 401, which terminates in Selby Street, Wembley, because 401 does not get enough patronage, Transperth says.
Route 85 will leave the Scarborough Beach Road Bus Terminus and follow Harborne Street to Dodd Street, turn right and then left into Daglish Street, then right into Walker Street and left into Herdsman Parade.
It then will follow Herdsman Parade, Reserve Street, Selby Street, Southport Street, Railway Parade, through the West Perth Subway and on to Wellington Street to the Bus Station.
Route 401 went from the Bus Station, along Beaufort Street, left into Brisbane Street, right into William Street, along Bulwer Street, Vincent Street, Lake Monger Drive, Kimberley Street, Vincent Street West, Northwood Street, Ruislip Street, Harborne Street, Grantham Street and right into Daglish Street, which runs parallel to Harborne Street, left into Walker Street, then left into Herdsman Parade right into Reserve Street, left into Flynn Street and left into Selby Street, where it terminated.
On the return run, it left the terminus and turned left into Herdsman Parade and retraced the route into the city.
Dodd Street resident Daryl Hall said her family found out about the proposal only by chance after a small report in a local newspaper on a Transperth community meeting at Floreat Forum about bus route changes in the surrounding suburbs.
It took a lot of searching to find it on the Transperth website under the heading Proposed Service Changes: Routes 81, 84, 91, 92, 381 and 401.
It said: Route 85 – Wellington St Bus Station to Glendalough Station
- New Route 85 will operate Monday to Saturday between Wellington St Bus Station and Glendalough Station via Cambridge St and Herdsman Pde.
- Route 85 will operate Monday to Friday approximately every 20 minutes during peak periods and every 30 minutes during the day. The first service will depart Glendalough Station at 5:44am and last service will depart Wellington Street Bus Station at 6:30pm
- Route 85 will operate Saturdays every 60 minutes
- Route 85 will provide a new connection between Glendalough Station, Wembley, St John of God Hospital Subiaco and Perth.
Her husband, David, said residents were annoyed at the “sneaky” way the proposal was handled.
Transperth had not notified them in any way that buses would be using their street, not even with a flyer in the letterbox.
They had found out about the community meeting only after it had happened.
Also, the Dodd-Daglish streets intersection would be tight for a bus, Mr Hall said.
They had organised a petition to present to WA Transport Minister Troy Buswell.
A Transperth feedback form for people’s comments can be downloaded at:
The deadline for comments is 5pm on Friday, November 16, by post, fax or email. Details are on the form.