Charles Street Bus Bridge Update

Project to cut up to six minutes per trip during peak hour travel for buses

Detailed design and construction of the Charles Street Bus Bridge and Busway started at the end of March 2016 and is nearing completion. The $32.1 million state funded project was first announced in October 2015 and is being delivered by Main Roads on behalf of the Public Transport Authority. Lycopodium was engaged to undertake Design Coordination Services on behalf of Main Roads.


Aimed at improving the reliability of bus services throughout Northbridge, Main Roads will deliver a new bus bridge and bus priority measures on behalf of the Public Transport Authority.

The project is to be funded by the State Government and aims to:

  • Reduce traffic congestion along James Street (west) and the south end of Fitzgerald Street
  • Establish a better bus service by providing on-time reliability improvements
  • Reduce travel time for passengers
  • Improve travel time for other road users
  • Reduce bus operating costs
  • Maximise benefits of existing investments, such as the Perth Busport

Scope of works

This project will see the construction of a new bus bridge and associated bus priority measures. This will enable buses from Perth's northern and north-western suburbs to avoid congested roads, including four sets of traffic signals in the Northbridge area.

Current plans include:

  • A new 120 m bus bridge (Charles Street Bus Bridge) over Graham Farmer Freeway connecting Charles Street directly to the existing James Street Bus Bridge via a bus only Busway
  • A new Mitchell Freeway off-ramp to Roe Street to replace James Street off-ramp
  • Approximately 500 m of new bus lanes on Charles Street
  • A new bus layover facility to complement operation of the nearby Perth Busport
  • A new shared path on Roe Street from Sutherland Street to Fitzgerald Street
  • Intersection improvements and modifications at:
    • James Street / Fitzgerald Street;
    • Roe Street / Fitzgerald Street;
    • Charles Street / Newcastle Street;
    • Charles Street / Carr Street; and
    • Newcastle Street / Cleaver Street