When the colony was established on the banks of the Swan River, four roads were made parallel with the river bank, then a railway line came next, leading to the mouth of the river.
The unplanned city grew, and the city north of the railway line was called “North Perth” and never quite gained acceptance as being part of the City.
Forty six years ago they were promising to sink the bus station and railway line underground so as to end the separation of North Perth and Perth. A couple of years ago they created the underground railway station. Now they have finished the underground bus station. All that remains is to hide all the structural stuff with gardens, and create new roads to join the two areas, and the promised end of the separation will have arrived.
On the left is what I saw through the windscreen of my bus as we approached the underground station past the “Crumpled Beer Can”.
If you can tear your gaze away from my handsome reflections in the windscreen, this is the underground tunnel approaching the bus station. At least there can be no complaints about lack of lighting.
The passenger section of the bus station is rectangular, with automatic sliding doors separating it from the bus roads running down both sides of the rectangle.
The toilet block which is so often forgotten by bus station designers is in the middle of the rectangle.
On leaving the bus, I looked up the elevator, with the last letter of the word ‘lift’ just appearing to my left.
Now there may be a foreign language difficulty here. I think the Americans call elevators ‘moving staircases’ and call lifts ‘elevators.’
The stated aim was to produce a station with the facilities of an airport, and I think they have managed it.
Here we have the start of a long corridor going past the information desk, a plentiful supply of comfortable chairs, glowing bus stand numbers, and electronic destination boards.
I didn’t have my tripod with me, so this next photograph, and the last one suffer from camera shake in the low light conditions.
You can still just about manage to see a group of seats to the left as you look down the passage. Some seats are gray, and some are green checks. I didn’t ask why but guess that the green ones are priority seats for seniors.
There are signs like this beside the sliding doors that allow you out to a bus when there is one.
This bus will be here soon, as you can see from the pending notice. When the bus is due, the route number is displayed, but not before then.
The stand number is at the top, and there is a push button below to get help if you don’t understand anything.
So that only leaves the destination boards to understand. I had to ask one of the numerous staff members what the display means.
Because my camera shook, this destination board is not very legible.
One thing that you will notice is that while most of the lettering is bluish white, the lines at the top are orange.
I’ve enlarged the board, and it is more or less legible in spite of the camera shake.
You will notice in the second last column with the stand numbers; the white letters show a range of stand numbers.
Depending on traffic conditions, a bus may be delayed. So they are allocated stand numbers on the fly.
So if the range shows 13-16 that means that the bus could pull up at stand thirteen, fourteen, fifteen, or sixteen, and you’ll have to wait until the letters turn orange to discover at which stand number to queue.