Boost to Park and Ride, new stops in Tuggeranong

Ian Bushnell 28 November 2019 2
Bus shelter

There will be more bus shelters along Ashley Drive in Tuggeranong, and additional Park and Ride spaces. Photo: File.

Wanniassa Park and Ride will be expanded, new bus shelters installed and bus stops upgraded throughout the Tuggeranong Valley, the ACT Government has announced.

Transport Minister Chris Steel, joined by three Labor southside MLAs, made the announcement on Wednesday, the third in two days about Tuggeranong, signalling that the Government accepts the Valley is in need of attention with less than a year to go to the election.

Mr Steel said demand at the Park and Ride had surged since it opened a few years ago and it would now be expanded by 30 spaces.

“Since we opened the Wanniassa Park and Ride and the new bus stop on Athllon Drive just a few years ago, we’ve seen huge growth in its use and we want even more people to use it to take public transport,” he said.

“We’ve listened to the Tuggeranong community and we will expand the Wanniassa Park and Ride with 30 additional car spaces to make it easier for residents to access new Rapid services that we’ve added.”

Mr Steel also announced that more bus shelters will be installed along Ashley Drive for passengers using the Rapid 5 route and upgrades to other bus stops throughout the Tuggeranong Valley.

“These upgrades and improvements will make it easier for people to access public transport and to find their bus easily. The new signage will match the rollouts in the City and Woden ensuring consistency across the Territory,” he said.

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Mr Steel said design work was also underway on the duplication of Athllon Drive to improve traffic flow and access to public transport.

“This is just the start. We’ll continue to build on our positive plans for Tuggeranong,” Mr Steel said.

But the Canberra Liberals say the Government’s removal of routes and stops had only put more pressure on the Park and Ride.

“It’s no wonder the Wanniassa Park and Ride is becoming more popular because so many bus stops and bus routes throughout Wanniassa have been closed,” Deputy Leader Nicole Lawder said.

“So residents in this area have no option but to drive their cars and come here, and this has meant congestion at the local shops.”

She said the new bus stops were welcome but did not make up for the closed bus stops in other areas of Tuggeranong.

The Liberals have committed to restoring axed school services but Ms Lawder said work was still being done on the party’s transport policy and more would be revealed closer to the election.

Mr Steel said the Government was taking on board feedback about the new bus network with 180 changes made to date but he would not say if any axed routes in Tuggeranong would be restored.

He said the Liberals would face a lack of drivers and buses if they wanted to reinstate services without making cuts of their own.

Ms Lawder said the Government had been in power for nearly two decades and any issues with drivers and the bus fleet were of its own making.

Public transport will be an election battlefield in October, evidenced by the fact that Mr Steel was accompanied by Mick Gentleman, Joy Burch and Bec Cody, and Ms Lawder also turned up to respond to the announcement.

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2 Responses to Boost to Park and Ride, new stops in Tuggeranong
bj_ACT bj_ACT 10:28 am 30 Nov 19

There’s been huge growth in the Wanniassa Park and ride (that spills well over into the shopping car park) since April because the Transport Minister took away bus routes through Wanniassa and Kambah.

Bit rich to try and spin worse Bus services into a positive.

bernie bernie 9:20 am 30 Nov 19

Far too little, far too late. There is usually no room on the already overcrowded R4 busses during peak times between Tuggers and Woden, especially mornings – adding more passengers at Wanniassa is not going to help. Many of the scheduled R4 busses during peak times do not actually run (presumably due to a lack of drivers, or lack of interest). The R4 timetable for busses departing Tuggeranong and Woden is a work of fiction.
The ACT Government could do a lot to improve the network by demanding Transport Canberra improve driver performance (timeliness, less aggression, less sneering at mothers with prams or people who do not physically look like them, bit more of a customer service orientation e.g. remembering they have a rear door they can use for the benefit of passengers embarking/disembarking to speed up journey times – but as they bow and scrape to the TWU, that’s unlikely to occur). And their reliance on GPS data to gauge timeliness as a measure of network performance is laughable – they run on a different time to everyone else.
ps – why are they allowing Bec Cody out of the Assembly to mingle with the commoners? This isn’t a CFMEU executive matter or in any way related to street names or the Sussex Inlet RSL – when did she suddenly become interested in the concerns of residents?? As for Gentleman and Burch – I’ve never, ever heard our local members speak up publicly on behalf of Tuggeranong residents. Laughably irrelevant to this discussion.

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