Perth City Busport Alliance

Share on:

The Perth City Link Busport project is the second and final stage of the AUD249 million Public Transport Authority’s (PTA) infrastructure project to construct a state of the art underground Perth Busport replacing the 40 year old Wellington Street Bus Station.

The sinking of the Wellington Street Bus Station will allow for the redevelopment and revitalisation of the above ground precinct, and in doing so the project realises the vision of reconnecting the CBD with Northbridge for the first time in more than 100 years.

The Busport design proposal provides a dynamic signature identity for the new facility – clearly binding the various components of the Busport infrastructure together as one, creating a landmark presence in a developing urban environment. The Busport entry portals will remain legible when eventually built over, retaining and reinforcing an enduring identity into the future. The Busport design will enhance and support the integrity of the public transport services provided to the community.

In a dense, lively precinct with competing adjacent visual “noise” and complex podiums above, the Busport is clearly identifiable without excessive dependence on signage.

With the majority of the Busport below ground, connectivity between above and below ground activities is critical.
The presence of three portals across 200 metres, linking an extensive underground lounge through a dense retail precinct, leads to the need for visual connectedness.

Designed to ensure a fluid link between above and below ground facilities, the sweeping feature soffits of the entry portals provides passengers a continuous visual link from the Yagan Square entrance, through the below ground lounge, to the King Street entry portal which reinforces precinct and wayfinding legibility.

PTA’s design aspiration is for an airport quality lounge which will feature an Australian first for bus transport - a dynamic stand allocation system and real time tracking system. The system will have the flexibility to allocate arriving and departing buses to different stands each time allowing for a greater number of arrivals and departures per hour and thereby reducing the footprint of the new Busport.