ACTION’s proposed weekday bus network for 2012 has been released by Transport for Canberra, with residents in Canberra’s newest suburbs in Gungahlin set to benefit as services are directed through Bonner, Casey, Crace and Forde whilst other established suburbs will receive more services.
Elsewhere, Kippax will benefit from Blue Rapid services and there will be changes to routes 2, 3, 4, 7, 10 and 80.
The proposed changes are expected to be implemented in May 2012.
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The proposed new and changed services are as follows:
- Route 51 to be extended to operate along Overall Ave, Casey.
- New route 55 to operate from Gungahlin Town Centre to Forde, Bonner and return. David Walsh Ave and Zakharov Ave in Forde will be serviced.
- Route 58 will be re-routed through Franklin to travel via Hoskins St, Oodgeroo Ave and Nullarbor Av instead of Cash St and Christina Stead St.
- Route 58 will also be diverted to service Crace, travelling via Nurdurr Dr, Jellicoe St, Langtree Cres, Galore St and Abena Ave.
- Route 59 will no longer travel through Forde.
- Red Rapid route 200 will depart from Gungahlin every 10 minutes during morning peak.
Links to maps showing these proposed changes:
- Blue Rapid routes 318 and 319 will be extended to Kippax Centre including stops along Southern Cross Drive. This will provide a direct link from West Belconnen to Belconnen Town Centre, City, Woden and Tuggeranong every 15 minutes between 7am and 7pm weekdays.
City West / Acton
- New route 1 will replace route 2 between City and Dickson. Route 1 will depart from City West, prior to servicing City Bus Station.
- Route 2 will run between Woden and City then continue to City West and terminate at the National Musuem of Australia between 7am and 7pm.
- Route 3 will no longer service the National Museum, providing a quicker journey between ANU and the City.
- Route 7 will also depart from City West.
Links to maps showing these proposed changes:
Fyshwick / Barton
- Route 80 will be streamlined – will no longer service Brisbane Ave, Causeway, Wiluna St, Whyalla St, Isa St or Barrier St.
- Red Rapid route 200 will travel directly along Wentworth Ave and Canberra Ave – will no longer service Canberra Railway Station or Fyshwick Markets.
South Canberra / Canberra Hospital / Woden
- Route 4 to be extended to Woden Bus Station, travelling via Canberra Hospital.
- Additional Route 10 services will operate to Majura Park during peak hours.
Formal feedback on these proposed changes can be sent to Transport for Canberra by email to firstname.lastname@example.org or by mail to Public Transport Systems, Territory and Municipal Services, GPO Box 158, Canberra ACT 2601. Feedback must be sent by Friday 25 November 2011.
UPDATE: The Greens have announced their pleasure:
“Numerous routes will now have a better frequency, including routes through Gungahlin and to ANU and City West,” said Ms Bresnan.
“These improvements help to fulfil the commitment secured by the ACT Greens through our 2008 Parliamentary Agreement with the ALP, to ensure a minimum guaranteed bus frequency of 30 minutes.
“Another key improvement is an extension of the Blue Rapid or Intertown service to Kippax. The Greens called for the extension of the Blue Rapid service to Kippax in a Budget proposal to the Government last year, so I am extremely pleased to see this outcome.
“This change will help make Kippax a major transport hub for the fast growing West Belconnen area.
“We must make public transport more accessible in the outer suburbs, and extend frequent, rapid public transport routes to more of Canberra.
“However, as Member for Brindabella I am again disappointed to see that the need for improved transit services to Tuggeranong has been overlooked. We need to see high frequency services particularly to South Tuggeranong, through places like Lanyon, Calwell and Erindale,” Ms Bresnan said.
FURTHER UPDATE: Late in the day the Minister, Simon Corbell, has had something to say:
Community feedback is being sought on proposed changes to ACTION bus network, Minister for Territory and Municipal Services (TAMS), Simon Corbell, said today.
“A number of improvements have been identified to the ACTION bus network for 2012 and we are now asking the travelling public to provide feedback,” Mr Corbell said.
“Network improvements are proposed for services operating in Kippax; Gungahlin; Central Canberra; Fyshwick and Majura Park. A high frequency link between Woden and the Canberra Hospital has also been proposed.
“Identified improvements include:
— extension of the Blue Rapid to Kippax providing a direct link between Kippax, Belconnen, the City, Woden and Tuggeranong;
— provision of services in new suburbs in Gungahlin such as Forde, Bonner and Casey;
— redesign of routes in Central Canberra to enhance services to the City, Australian National University and National Museum of Australia;
— increased frequency of services to Majura Park; and
— enhanced services to and through Fyshwick.