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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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gooterz 3:40 pm 17 Mar 19

Would love to see Liberal promoting themselves on the tram taking up free seats during the free month.

6:15 pm 16 Mar 19

Let's remember this when the next expensive vanity project is announced by this terrible government. The timetable is worse than it was in the 1990s.. somehow!

5:56 pm 16 Mar 19

No wonder they have given me a free pass. They know I can never use it.

Lucy Baker 2:51 pm 16 Mar 19

Why exactly doesn’t the government have a date for the light rail start?

    JC 9:02 am 17 Mar 19

    Because they need accreditation from the Office of the National Rail Safety Regulator before they can carry paying passengers.

    To get that they need to be audited and demonstrate they can operate safely.

2:02 pm 16 Mar 19

Why did they change the bus numbers going to and from the Town Centre?

2:00 pm 16 Mar 19

Fifteen minutes longer to get to civic from my local stop than currently.

1:27 pm 16 Mar 19

Christopher Warren I wish the rapid to Cooleman existed when I had to go there for work 😢

12:46 pm 16 Mar 19

How is it free ? Any property owner in Canberra is levied, rated and land taxed at increasing rates to pay for the bus and future tram which operate at staggering losses. The 'free' rides are well and truly being paid for.

    7:01 pm 16 Mar 19

    Candice - "Local liberals are concerned about the new network providing less services to suburban areas and schools"

    Also Candice "Roll that network out son!"

9:21 am 16 Mar 19

Does that include one months free travel on the trams

4:26 am 16 Mar 19

It is easy to see that Canberra transport planners do not travel by bus!

12:14 am 16 Mar 19

Going to be a lot of problems with this andvs lot of very unhappy people.

10:05 pm 15 Mar 19

Haha Canberrans keep on voting Labor-Greens

10:01 pm 15 Mar 19

So my 3 daughters that uses the bus everyday to go to school will have to spend more than an hour and two buses instead of 20 min each way. The youngest will have to go to after school care because she won’t be able to walk for half an hour and take two buses by herself, thanks a lot act gov.

8:31 pm 15 Mar 19

I live in Ainslie and we had a very long fight to retain our current very convenient and regular bus service. And good route! Just a change of number really. But it does seem to take a bit longer to get to Civic. Not sure why?

bj_ACT 6:16 pm 15 Mar 19

A month of free Bus and Light Rail Services for those lucky enough to live in suburbs with improved transport services.

A month of Free services Paid for by those people who have had their bus services downgraded and will have years of slower travel commutes and longer walks to their bus stop.

michael quirk 5:19 pm 15 Mar 19

Abandon light raii to Woden and use the funds to increase the frequency,
coverage and comfort of the bus network

aronde 5:18 pm 15 Mar 19

So I did a quick check of the timetables for Belconnen and by my calculations there are 12 buses due to arrive at Westfield station (heading down the hill towards interchange) between 7:34am and 7:40am. Not sure where they will all fit especially if others are running late and arrive at same time? Are they going to be queued back up Cohen St?

Maree Anne Pavloudis 3:39 pm 15 Mar 19

There will be no buses going through CIT Bruce and Calvary Hospital. Where is the inclusion and accessibility? This is a case of discrimination against people with disabilities and the elderly, among others. Where is the access to higher education and health services?

2902 1:22 pm 15 Mar 19

So Light rail will run on Friday and Saturday nights until 1am but all buses finish before midnight? Surely there could be some consistency and have the last bus leave the city at 1am as well

9:05 am 15 Mar 19

Current 10 minute journey from Kambah to Woden for me will now take 20 minutes just to walk to the bus stop then additional time to go through Weston Creek?

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