York Civil has been appointed by the Western Australian government to design and build a bridge in Perth, for use exclusively by buses.

Work is to begin in April on the US$24.4 million project, which also includes a new busway. The scheme is expected to create about 50 to 60 new jobs and is due for completion in early 2017.

The bridge and busway will result in the removal of more than 1,000 buses a day from the local streets, alleviating traffic congestion and improving local amenity and access, said transport minister Dean Nalder. "About 16,000 passengers a day will travel over the bridge and busway," he said. The bridge and busway would be vital for bus reliability and to cope with growing future demands on public transport, he said.