The long-awaited opening of the Perth Busport on Sunday will bring a new level of amenity to the city and to the CBD’s office market where agents are working to fill space left vacant by the contracting resources sector.
Located under the Perth City Link, which is reconnecting the CBD and Northbridge, the $217 million busport will streamline bus services in the centre of the city and will have Australia’s first dynamic stand management system.
Colliers International Associate Director Office Leasing Daniel Taylor said the Busport was the final transport component of the Perth City Link Project and its opening would be a significant boost to the office market’s transport amenity.
“Attracting new tenants to the city from suburban locations will be an important part of the office market’s long-term recovery and a world-class bus station will make the city a more appealing destination for commuters,” Mr Taylor said.
“The typical suburban tenant considering a shift to the CBD needs to compromise on the number of car bays they have so an efficient public transport system is a major consideration.”
The Busport replaces the former above ground Wellington Street Bus Station and is expected to be used by about 16,000 people each day.
“During construction, city bus commuters have used a temporary bus station on Roe Street which involved a long walk around the construction site for the busport’s new entry-exit points,” Mr Taylor said.
The busport will have a 170m long passenger lounge enclosed by glass panels and the dynamic stand management system will tell passengers which stand their bus will use, up to five minutes before departure.
Colliers International Executive Office Leasing Dustin May said the three new entry-exit points to the busport , at King and Queen streets and also at Yagan Square, would improve access for commuters to Northbridge’s expanding office market.
“The completion of the busport will also clear the way for a future supply cycle when multi-storey developments will sit above the underground facility,” Mr May said.