What is the Perth Greater CBD?

The Perth Greater CBD refers to the the neighbourhoods of Crawley, Nedlands, West Perth, Northbridge, Claisebrook and the central Perth CBD.

What is the Perth Greater CBD Transport Plan?

The Perth Greater CBD Transport Plan will include a four year program of prioritised initiatives and will outline a 10 year vision for future transport investment in the Perth CBD.

The Plan will identify the transport infrastructure, systems and initiatives required to keep people and goods moving as our city grows, and will consider how we can use the current network more efficiently.

Why is the Plan being developed?

Central Perth is undergoing the biggest transformation in its development history.

New destinations in and around the Greater CBD such as Yagan Square, Perth Children’s Hospital, Optus Stadium, and Elizabeth Quay have brought more vibrancy and activity to the city.

With other major projects planned or underway it is vital we ensure our transport network can continue to support and improve the inner-city experience for everyone.

The Perth Greater CBD Transport Plan will identify the infrastructure, programs and services required to keep the Perth CBD moving as it grows, and how to get the best use from both new and existing infrastructure.

Transport planning for Perth’s Greater CBD also needs to help create great places for people. This means ensuring the transport system supports all users of the city centre including residents, workers and visitors such as tourists and locals looking to enjoy the cultural, retail, recreational and other attractions that our city offers.

What will the Plan focus on?

The Perth Greater CBD Transport Plan will identify the transport infrastructure, programs and services required to keep the Perth CBD moving as it grows, and how to get the best use from the existing transport system.

The Plan will look at all modes of transport including the walking, cycling, public transport, road and freight networks but will prioritise the movement of people to, from and within the city centre through sustainable transport options.

A key focus for transport planning for the Perth Greater CBD is to find the right balance of transport solutions for all users.

What are the key challenges?

Road space is a limited resource and all transport modes (cars, buses, on-demand transport, cyclists, pedestrians etc.) are jostling for their share of this space. Prioritising movement for one type of transport user often involves a trade-off for other users. This means that it’s unlikely that all users’ needs can be met in all corridors at all times.

Changing the primary purpose of any one transport corridor can also have unintended consequences on how the city functions. For example, more space for private vehicles and buses could mean less space for pedestrians and cyclists. This may have a flow-on effect to retailers and city vibrancy. Equally, not enough space for private vehicles and buses could lead to gridlock and long travel times which make the city a less attractive destination.

When is the Plan expected to be completed?

The Perth Greater CBD Transport Plan is expected to be ready for Government consideration in mid 2020.

Who is developing the Plan?

The Perth Greater CBD Transport Plan is being developed by the Department of Transport in close consultation with the City of Perth and Transport Portfolio partners, the Public Transport Authority and Main Roads Western Australia. 

As part of the Plan’s development, contributions and feedback will also be sought from residents, local businesses, industry bodies, health and educational establishments, local and State Government representatives, disability access and inclusion groups and the wider Perth community, to capture their transport vision for the city. 

What are sustainable transport options?

Sustainable transport options are those that allow or encourage people to travel to, from and within the Greater CBD by modes other than private vehicles. More people using sustainable transport options benefits the CBD by reducing the impact of congestion, improving air quality and helping to create vibrant, safe places to enjoy.

How will the Plan improve the city?

The Perth Greater CBD Transport Plan will support the continued growth and sustainable development of the Perth CBD and greater surrounds as a safe, connected and vibrant city centre, while considering the flow-on impact to the wider Perth metropolitan area.

The development of the Plan will ensure that State and local governments are working together with key stakeholders and the community to improve the city’s transport network and provide additional transport options, recreational opportunities and support for tourism and commercial activity.

What are the proposed outcomes?

The Plan will deliver a 10 year vision for transport investment in the Perth CBD, and a four-year program of evidence-based initiatives.

The aim of the project is to develop a prioritised transport investment plan for the Perth CBD that:
  • allows the community and stakeholders to have their say; 
  • aligns with current and future land use strategies;
  • focuses on the movement of people and goods rather than the transport mode; 
  • considers the flow-on impact to the wider Perth metropolitan area; and
  • ensures that Perth Parking funding is invested wisely.

How will this Plan work with the other established CBD transport and land use plans?

As part of the development of the Perth Greater CBD Transport Plan a review of all published and available data was undertaken relating to existing and proposed land use and infrastructure within the study area. 

The Department of Transport will work with major stakeholders including the City of Perth to ensure alignment with local and State government land use strategies and future plans for the Perth Greater CBD.

How will identified initiatives be funded?

Business cases or budget submissions will be prepared for all new projects, and as part of this process a range of funding options will be explored. 

Perth Parking Levy revenue is used to improve the transport system for those who travel to, from and within central Perth and will be one option considered to fund priority initiatives identified in the Plan.