Now I don’t normally use my posts to whinge about thing because there are plenty of other blogs around for people who wish to read complaints. Maybe it’s the jet-lag, or maybe there is some substance to my feeling of being ripped of that are of general interest? Arriving at Perth airport at 5:00am yesterday morning the only option I had to get to Fremantle was a taxi. Now this did not come as a surprise, but that did not make it any easier to stomach. To put it into perspective the taxi cost me more than I paid to get to Glasgow airport on my departure from England. That trip consisted of a train ride from the small market town of Malton to York, a 4-hour express train from York to Glasgow and a airport shuttle from the central train station to the airport, a distance of almost 500km! It also cost me more than a 3-hour flight from Manchester to Malta! If we are serious about attracting people to Fremantle there has to be affordable public transport too and from the airport. The State Government’s Public Transport for Perth 2031 discussion document nominates bus rapid transport to Perth airport by 2020 and rail by 2031.
I put it that there should be public transport options to Perth Airport from major metropolitan centres, including Fremantle as a matter of urgency, an 8 year lead time is totally inadequate. I am now considering conspiracy theories about the lobbying power of the taxi industry. Come on Troy if its all too expensive at least arrange Transperth bus stops at the airport terminals.