14 December 2018

Buses to stop running for four hours on Wednesday

| Lachlan Roberts
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Bus services will cease for four hours on Wednesday to allow for bus drivers to attend a Transport Workers Union meeting. File photo.

If you find yourself trying to catch a bus around midday on Wednesday (19 December) you might have to wait a few hours until one shows up.

Transport Canberra bus services will stop running for around four hours on Wednesday between 10 am and 2 pm to allow for all bus drivers to attend a Transport Workers Union meeting.

According to Transport Canberra, the meeting, which is authorised by the ACT Government, is “a necessary step” towards finalising a new enterprise bargaining agreement.

Executive director for Transport Canberra Operations Judith Sturman said the meeting was scheduled outside of peak travel times to minimise inconvenience to customers.

“Limited services will be available between 9:30 am – 10 am and between 2 pm – 2:30 pm, as all drivers transition from their on-road shifts to attend the meeting,” Ms Sturman said.

“All services will then return to commence as normal before the peak period from 2:30 pm.”

No school services will be affected and all special needs transport and the flexible bus service will operate as per usual during this time.

Ms Sturman is urging customers to plan their trip ahead to avoid inconvenience.

“We thank the Canberra community for their cooperation and understanding, and we acknowledge the disruption to services this has to allow for this to occur,” she said.

“We will continue to ensure the community is kept informed in regards to this disruption.”

For more information visit Transport Canberra or call 13 17 10.

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Yeah Cap retro.

I care more about the long term public transport issues for the Suburbs and the Bus users who will be the clear losers in the 2019 Bus route re-design, I am not concerned about the short term issue of ‘no Bus’ for a few hours.

Interesting to hear Transport Workers Union rep on Radio this morning who said the drivers don’t care about the new Bus Routes or how it affects Commuters, that’s not their concern. Pretty telling comment if you ask me.

Capital Retro5:11 pm 18 Dec 18

You’ve nailed it.

Capital Retro8:58 am 17 Dec 18

So, who really cares?

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