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Conceptual bus network and proposed service levels

Transperth’s Southern Suburbs Railway and proposed local bus services

Transperth’s public transport network is set to expand with the introduction of the Southern Suburbs Railway. Transperth will service the southern suburbs of Perth with the Mandurah Train Line and its feeder bus services, incorporating world-class rail services and infrastructure with local bus services.

Click here for the proposed bus service maps for the Southern Suburbs Railway

Bus services: Canning Bridge to Perth

Bus services that currently travel to Perth by joining the Kwinana Freeway at Canning Bridge will continue to operate using their current route. These buses will travel along the Kwinana Freeway (without stopping) to Perth following the introduction of the Southern Suburbs Railway.

Bus services: suburbs south of Canning Bridge

Transperth bus services in the suburbs south of Canning Bridge will operate as feeder bus routes to the new train stations along the Southern Suburbs Railway. This network model currently operates on Transperth’s Northern Suburbs bus and rail system.

The feeder bus route network has been designed to serve newly developing and planned urban areas, as identified in the Department for Planning and Infrastructure’s Metropolitan Development Program for 2006. These new developments include areas such as suburban Mandurah, Port Kennedy, Baldivis and Jandakot.

Bus routes

Transperth’s proposed bus routes have retained services on streets that are presently served, wherever possible. Due to the introduction of the Southern Suburbs Railway the origin or destination of current bus routes may change, however the impact of the bus route changes on the community is minimised.

Service categories and frequencies

All proposed bus routes have been broadly classified into six categories for planning purposes:

High order bus routes

  • 900 Series
  • Line haul

Majority of proposed bus routes

  • Primary feeder
  • Secondary feeder

Lower order bus routes

  • Community feeder
  • Mini link

All proposed bus routes have been planned to cater for passengers and areas according to the suburb’s stage of residential development, demographic characteristics and the passenger catchment potential of the area through which the bus route operates.

Service levels on most feeder bus routes have been set at 15 or 20-minute frequencies in the morning and afternoon peak periods, and hourly during off-peak periods. Service times have been coordinated with train services.

Some highly patronised bus services will operate at higher frequencies and will include services on weeknights and weekends.

Some lower order bus routes will operate at more limited frequencies and hours. The service levels on these routes have been designed to reflect the lower anticipated patronage levels and constrained passenger catchments in the areas that these bus routes operate.

Service category



Sundays and Public Holidays

6am - 7am

7am - 9am

9am - 4pm

4pm - 7pm

7pm - 9pm

9pm - 12am

Series 900 services 15min / 15min 15min / 15min 15min / 15min 15min / 15min 30min / 30min 30min / 30min

15min / 15min
(6am - 6pm)

30min / 30min
(6pm - 12am)

30min / 30min
(7am - 12am)
Line haul services 30min / 30min 15min / 15min 30min / 30min 15min / 15min 30min / 30min 30min / 30min 30min / 30min
(6am - 12am)
30min / 30min
(7am - 9.30pm)
Primary feeders 30min / 30min 15min / 15min 30min / 30min 15min / 15min 60min / 60min 60min / 60min

30min / 30min
(6am - 7pm)

60min / 60min
(7pm - 12am)

60min / 60min
(7am - 9pm)
Secondary feeders 30min / 30min 15min / 30min 60min / 60min 15min / 30min 60min / NIL NIL 60min / 60min
(6am - 8pm)
120min / 120min
(8am - 6pm)
Community feeders

30min / NIL

15min / 30min 60min / 60min 15min / 60min NIL NIL 60min / 60min
(7am - 6pm)
120min / 120min
(8am - 6pm)
Mini link services NIL 30min / 60min 60min / 60min 30min / 60min NIL NIL 120min / 120min
(8am - 6pm)

In each set of frequencies (e.g. 15min / 30min), the first frequency (i.e 15min) represents the frequency of the bus routes in the peak flow direction (i.e. towards Murdoch Train Station int he morning peak). The second frequency (i.e. 30min) represents the frequency of the bus route in the non peak flow direction (i.e. from Murdoch Train Station in the morning peak.

Bus and train integration – connecting services

Feeder bus routes will be timed to arrive and depart from train stations to connect with nominated train services. This integration will limit the waiting time for passengers interchanging between bus and train services.

Bus services will be timetabled to connect with trains to and from Perth, as this is the primary direction of travel for passengers. Bus routes that operate between two train stations (for example Bull Creek and Murdoch) will have timetabled connections to train services at the northern most station.

This operation services the majority of passengers, who will be travelling to and from Perth or other areas to the north of their respective stations. Connecting bus services at the most northern point minimises the number of passengers having to travel backwards to access train services.

Retaining regional bus services

Southern suburbs bus services that provide regional links, particularly with Fremantle, have been maintained due to the integral role these key bus routes play in Perth’s public transport network. These services will continue to serve important links and distribution following the introduction of the Southern Suburbs Rail service. The routes included in this category are:

  • Routes 98/99 – Oats Street/Murdoch – Fremantle (CircleRoute),
  • Route 155 – Fremantle – Cannington via Booragoon,
  • Route 520 – Cockburn Central – Fremantle,
  • Route 881 – MunsterPerth via Booragoon,
  • Route 920 – Rockingham – Fremantle; and
  • Route 940 – Hamilton Hill – Perth via Booragoon.

Please note: Route 155 will be split into two routes, with one portion operating between Fremantle and Bull Creek Train Station via Booragoon and the other half between Bull Creek Train Station and Cannington Train Station.

Further information

For further information please email or contact the Transperth InfoLine on 13 62 13 (TTY: 9428 1999, TIS: 13 14 50).

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