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Transport Minister Rita Saffioti and Swan Hills MLA Jessica Shaw announce the new 355 bus service from Ellenbrook to Whitfords station, which will make it easier to get to Joondalup.

New Ellenbrook bus service

A NEW bus service will cut public transport journey times between Ellenbrook and northern suburban job centres, such as Joondalup and Wangara.

The new $760,000 service starts on August 28 and will run from Ellenbrook to Whitfords station every half hour in peak hours, and hourly during off-peak times.

The service will provide Ellenbrook residents with direct access to the train line, an alternate route to the central business district, and link them to 18 other bus services at Whitfords station.

Previously, public transport commuters in Ellenbrook faced a V-shaped trip via Perth to get to areas such as Joondalup for work or study, including Edith Cowan University and TAFE.

Transport Minister Rita Saffioti said presently a trip from Ellenbrook to Joondalup could take up to 94 minutes whereas the new 355 service would take about 44 minutes.

Residents in the fast-growing suburbs of Brabham and Dayton will also be able link into the new Ellenbrook-Whitfords bus by catching the 955 or 956 to Ellenbrook.

Transperth will also boost Route 335 from Ellenbrook to Midland as of August 28, with four additional trips on weekdays.

Ms Saffioti said at the election Labor promised Ellenbrook residents a better deal under Metronet, committing to build the Morley-Ellenbrook line and to improving bus services in the area.

“For some time, bus services in Ellenbrook have been focused on linking passengers directly to the Midland line, so they can access the CBD,’’ she said.

“But with Joondalup’s urban centre continuing to boom, numerous employment and educational opportunities, retail and high-quality services are now much closer to home.

“Route 355 will provide the missing link between the north-eastern suburbs and the Joondalup Line, as well as the CBD.’’

About Anita

Anita Mcinnes received a highly commended in the 2009 WA Media Awards suburban section for her reporting. Two of her sons were born at Swan District Hospital and for many years she was a partner in a small business, which operated in the Gingin-Muchea-Bullsbrook area. As a mature age student Anita studied journalism at Curtin University before working in Busselton, Dunsborough and Rockingham with West Regionals. She says the best part of her job is meeting eastern suburb residents and visiting the many attractions in the area.

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