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Government releases updated bus timetable six weeks before launch

Lachlan Roberts 14 March 2019 124

Transport Canberra said the new bus network will start April 29. File Photo.

After nearly five months since the last Government report on community feedback on the proposed network, the ACT Government has released its new bus timetable before the network becomes operational in six weeks.

Canberrans can now start to plan their trip on the new network before the launch at the beginning of term two on Monday 29 April, with the Government promising one month of free travel on the new bus and light rail network.

ACT Transport Minister Meegan Fitzharris said the Government does not have an exact date for light rail yet but is confident it will begin either before or at the same time as the new bus network begins.

The Government continues to be dogged by complaints that the new network has reduced people’s travel options in some areas and about fewer dedicated school bus services.

“This is a new era for public transport in Canberra. Our city is growing and that’s why we are investing in a better public transport network to keep Canberra connected,” she said.

“We know this will be a big change for many people, but we hope having a more frequent, faster network every day of the week will encourage more people to catch public transport.”

Ms Fitzharris said the release of the timetables and route maps allows people to start planning their journeys and has provided a new journey planner to make it even easier for people to plan their trip on public transport.

The new network was completely redesigned using data from the MyWay ticketing system and is made up of shorter, more direct routes, with services designed to connect at interchanges across the city.

Ms Fitzharris said the new network will include 10 rapid routes, light rail, new local routes and more buses servicing schools across the ACT.

There will be services at least every 15 minutes along rapid transport routes from 7 am to 7 pm Monday to Friday, continuing into the evening with less frequency, with weekend and public holiday service times to be extended to 10 pm.

Canberra Liberals transport spokesperson Candice Burch said the new network will have fewer routes for schools and suburbs, with 59 schools to be left without a dedicated bus service.

“The Canberra Liberals welcome more frequent services along rapid transport routes, however, we remain concerned about the loss of dedicated school bus services, some suburban services, and services for students on the ANU campus,” Ms Burch said.

“Parents and school communities remain concerned about how long their kids’ bus trip will take, and how long children will be waiting at interchanges before or after school.

“We will continue to fight for dedicated school bus services to be reinstated.”

Ms Fitzharris said there will be increased safety across the network, with CCTV cameras on every bus and at all major interchanges, school crossing supervisors at 25 school crossings, improvements to infrastructure around schools and an additional 28 customer service assistants at interchanges.

When the new network begins, additional transport officers, customer service assistants and Transport Canberra representatives will be at major bus interchanges to help customers with the changes and provide timetable information.

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127 Responses to Government releases updated bus timetable six weeks before launch
Kate Cuthbert Kate Cuthbert 6:52 pm 14 Mar 19

What a joke!!! why does our school need 4 services all going to Belconnen along with the normal route going straight past. Oh that's right, because you'll pulled the school buses.they should have just left it how it was. Yet the high school in the next suburb keeps theirs. What a bloody joke! 🤬🤬🤬

Erin Emerson Erin Emerson 6:36 pm 14 Mar 19

Narelle Raftery Lee Emerson has links to the new maps and timetable for nana

Robert McMahon Robert McMahon 6:27 pm 14 Mar 19

Bonus! 48 minutes using two buses and long walks either end; or 20 minutes on the bike! Love this :-/

    Penny Thomson Penny Thomson 9:12 pm 14 Mar 19

    Robert McMahon bike it is then 👍

    Robert McMahon Robert McMahon 9:35 pm 14 Mar 19

    Penny Thomson I’m too scared to ride on the big roads into town!

Scott Humphries Scott Humphries 6:10 pm 14 Mar 19

I just hope this doesn't put huge new demand on car parks. I will have no choice but to drive to work now. If others are in the same boat it could get messy.

Sue Harvey Sue Harvey 6:03 pm 14 Mar 19

Yep my direct route to Erindale and Woden now gone! It’ll be the car for me unfortunately 😢

    Tim Cole Tim Cole 7:14 pm 14 Mar 19

    Erindale and Woden are connected directly with a rapid service?

    Sue Harvey Sue Harvey 8:06 pm 14 Mar 19

    yes but I have to get another bus to connect to them and currently I don’t have to

    Sharon Burke Sharon Burke 8:37 pm 15 Mar 19

    Sue Harvey me too!!

Trish Roberts Trish Roberts 5:55 pm 14 Mar 19

I suspect the planners all drive to work. If they actually HAD to use public transport, everyday AND weekend, especially if they have mobility issues, small children, or bags of groceries to carry home, they might think differently.

    Roderick Saunders Roderick Saunders 8:31 pm 14 Mar 19

    Trish Roberts regrettably as with several other issues it is difficult to believe that the people making these decisions actually live in the same city and use the same services and facilities as the rest of us

Ruth Poveda Ruth Poveda 5:51 pm 14 Mar 19

What a disgrace!!!

Sally Pabst-Reeves Sally Pabst-Reeves 5:45 pm 14 Mar 19

Congratulations ACT Govt, you’ve put another car on the road. Over an hour to get into the city and such clever timetabling that the feeder routes miss the connecting services WELL DONE!

Trish Roberts Trish Roberts 5:45 pm 14 Mar 19

"Our city is growing and that’s why we are" ... cutting off all the useful services. Currently I use the 56 to get from Civic to Palmerston. How on earth to do that now? The planner does not make that clear.

    Jorge Gatica Jorge Gatica 6:32 pm 14 Mar 19

    Trish Roberts they want you to use the tram

    Trish Roberts Trish Roberts 6:50 pm 14 Mar 19

    Jorge Gatica yes, that’s their plan. Not helpful for people who find have mobility issues, or have loads of groceries, or a couple of kids to wrangle. They will come to regret this.

    Tim Cole Tim Cole 7:13 pm 14 Mar 19

    You catch a bus to the town centre and onto the light rail.

    The light rail vehicles are more DDA compliant than any bus service in Canberra. Given that the bus stops in Palmerston aren't actually moving, your walking distance will increase by about 50m to cross from the bus to the tram.

    Trish Roberts Trish Roberts 6:53 am 15 Mar 19

    As an older person, I don't particularly want to have my journey interrupted by extra wait time and walking - especially if I am struggling with walking aid; parcels etc. Maybe even in the rain. This will be less convenient for me overall.

    Ashley Wright Ashley Wright 6:32 am 24 Mar 19

    Trish Roberts how did people ever get on in the 80’s and 90’s when buses only went as far as the nearest town centre interchange and everyone going further had to change to a 333. And that change meant another fare and even earlier if in the 333 a double fare if going between Woden and Belconnen.

    Funnily many people ask for a return to the early 90’s buses, which is more or less what we have.

    Trish Roberts Trish Roberts 7:38 am 24 Mar 19

    Hi Ashley, I haven't always lived in Canberra, I do recall an extra fare if you went further. The 2014 changes to timetables were bad and they had to revert to another timetable. I can't see that happening this time, as the light rail will be involved, but I suspect there'll have to be "tweaking."

Daniel Königs Daniel Königs 5:36 pm 14 Mar 19

Sick, no change! Was afraid I’d have to take our shares in uber.

    Kate Cuthbert Kate Cuthbert 6:44 pm 14 Mar 19

    You must be the only lucky one

    Daniel Königs Daniel Königs 6:48 pm 14 Mar 19

    used to be 57 min for a 15 min drive. At some point that changed to 23-33 which is bearable. I never caught the hour bus...

Emma Gillingham Emma Gillingham 5:27 pm 14 Mar 19

Courtney Taylor rip the 3 :(

Rachel Lemon Rachel Lemon 5:20 pm 14 Mar 19

Try again TC!

Tan Choi Heng Tan Choi Heng 5:13 pm 14 Mar 19

Brost Freezeman What to do at City during weekends?

    Brost Freezeman Brost Freezeman 9:10 pm 14 Mar 19

    Ride buses, and randomly select destinations 😂

Darren Beer Darren Beer 5:12 pm 14 Mar 19

ACT government this timetable is a complete fail before it even starts. The 56 bus going through Palmerston amd surrounding areas works so well and now you take it away. Would they know what catching the bus these days.

    Trish Roberts Trish Roberts 5:49 pm 14 Mar 19

    Darren, yep.

    Trish Roberts Trish Roberts 5:54 pm 14 Mar 19

    Currently I am going to Active exercise classes at the new rehab hospital on the UC campus. I was told there would be a bus "right to the door" of the rehab hospital. Yes, apparently there is. But it is only on a loop from Belco and then to Calvary Hospital. So I will have to get from home to Civic, then to Belco, catch this new loop, and after class do the reverse. No way. I have mobility issues and chronic fatigue (which is rather the point of going to the classes at the Rehab hospital). No way could I manage all that by public transport.

    Tim Cole Tim Cole 7:11 pm 14 Mar 19

    Why would they leave a bus route in place that will directly compete against the light rail service?

    The replacement routes were announced months ago today is just the timetable information.

John Moulis 5:10 pm 14 Mar 19

The light rail *will* start on Saturday 29th April. Remember my post on a previous thread about the tram? I said that it would start on that date, the last Saturday in April. And it will.

Thank you linesmen, thank you ballboys :-)

Maree Anne Pavloudis Maree Anne Pavloudis 5:07 pm 14 Mar 19

No buses going through CIT Bruce and Calvary Hospital. How am I going to get to class? I have mobility issues. How are people going to get to Calvary?

    Trish Roberts Trish Roberts 6:04 pm 14 Mar 19

    I've been told by someone at ACTION that there will be a "loop" bus from Belconnen that goes to the UC Rehab hospital, Calvary Hospital, then back to Belconnen. Useful ... not?

    Maree Anne Pavloudis Maree Anne Pavloudis 6:07 pm 14 Mar 19

    Trish Roberts also CIT Bruce to be included.

    Kate Cuthbert Kate Cuthbert 6:43 pm 14 Mar 19

    Hopefully they get aomething. That's really bad

    Kathryn Ingram Kathryn Ingram 8:25 pm 15 Mar 19

    And those with mobility issues are able to walk from Haydon to Calvary?

    Maree Anne Pavloudis Maree Anne Pavloudis 9:31 pm 15 Mar 19

    Kathryn Ingram it is a breeze walking up a steep hill. I don't know who thought that it would be acceptable or accessible. There are so many things wrong. If you are coming from Civic you have to cross Haydon, then walk about 300m uphill.

Seon Ferguson Seon Ferguson 5:01 pm 14 Mar 19

Good reason to start driving to work.

Kevin McInerney Kevin McInerney 5:00 pm 14 Mar 19

So where do we see this new timetable?

Kristin Auguszczak Kristin Auguszczak 4:52 pm 14 Mar 19

Theresa Harmer not sure whether you’ve seen this.

    Theresa Harmer Theresa Harmer 9:40 pm 14 Mar 19

    Kristin Auguszczak thanks will have to review now it’s out .

Olivia Lyons Olivia Lyons 4:51 pm 14 Mar 19

This is so confusing!! Darren Beer

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