Bus shelters provide valuable protection from the elements whilst waiting for buses and may encourage the use of public transport. Find out how to make requests for installation, upgrades, removal or relocation of new bus shelters in the City of Stirling.

Why have bus shelters?

For many elderly or disabled members of the community, public transport is the only available means of transport, and bus shelters provide valuable protection from the elements whilst waiting for buses.

Furthermore, shelters may encourage the use of public transport in favour of private cars, thereby reducing pollution, congestion and the consumption of non-renewable fossil fuels.

Requests for new bus shelters and upgrades

Please be advised that the location and provision of bus stops is the sole responsibility or the Public Transport Authority (PTA). Pending the outcome of negotiations between WALGA and the PTA, Council has resolved that no additional bus shelters are to be installed until a formal agreement with the PTA is in place. Council supports the provision of bus shelters and, once an agreement is in place, the City will once again be able to accept requests for new bus shelters in accordance with the following:

  • Level of patronage in terms of the number of patrons boarding at the particular stop. A new shelter will not normally be considered where the daily boarding patronage is less than 20 people.
  • Consultation with the PTA to ensure that the provision of a bus shelter does not conflict with any operational plans and will qualify for a subsidy under their Bus Shelter Grants Scheme.
  • Suitability of the site in terms of available space, visibility for vehicles exiting adjacent roads or driveways          
  •  Consultation with adjacent property owners/tenants to ensure that a bus shelter will not disproportionally impact the amenity of the property in relation to the community benefit.

Not all requests are successful and not all locations will be able to support the addition of a shelter. A request for the upgrading of a shelter would receive a lower priority than a request for a new shelter, and unless the shelter is nearing the end of its life, or the applicant is willing to fund the replacement, would not normally be considered.

Both the PTA and the City will have a limited budget each financial year, so applications will be assessed on individual merit and if accepted may be placed on a waiting list.

Requests for removal and relocation of bus stops and/or shelters

The Public Transport Authority (PTA) is responsible for all bus stops and all relocations or removals of stops (including bus shelters) are in accordance or subject to PTA approval or requirements and will require their formal written approval.

The relocation of a bus stop is normally only acceptable in support of a Development Application where the provision of a crossover would conflict with an existing bus stop. Therefore, these should not be funded at public expense.

Unless the consent of the owner, adjacent to the verge on which it is proposed to relocate the bus stop, is provided, the City would normally recommend to the PTA that the bus stop is relocated on the verge in front of the existing property location.

The time and costs involved in processing requests for the relocation of bus stops, including an related shelters, additional path links and pram crossings, is significant, therefore, when a request for relocation is received for development or aesthetic reasons, a fee for service and costs will be charged to ensure full cost recovery for both the City of Stirling and the PTA.

Requests can be addressed to:

Engineering Design
City of Stirling
Administration Centre
25 Cedric Street