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The 2012 bus network

By ACT Bus 21 October 2011 25


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.

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:

Casey, Forde and Bonner




  • 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.

Link to map of proposed change

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:

City West (routes 1 and 7)
Acton (routes 2 and 3)

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.

Link to map of proposed changes

South Canberra / Canberra Hospital / Woden

  • Route 4 to be extended to Woden Bus Station, travelling via Canberra Hospital.

Link to map of proposed change

Majura Park

  • 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 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.

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Grail 3:43 pm 15 May 12

Grail said :

Will it be 1, 2 or 3 years before they update Google Transit with the new/changed routes?

ACTION and TransitTimes have surprised me by confirming that they will in fact have their new online routes ready to roll from 28 May when the 2012 network goes live.

Good to hear!

krats 9:23 am 02 Nov 11

What ACTION Management Really Need Is A Good Route!!

puggy 12:44 pm 24 Oct 11

grunge_hippy said :

catching a bus in canberra is a crock. I never need to catch a bus normally, but i need to get to gungahlin from tuggeranong somehow next week. going on their website, I would need to catch 3 buses, and its gonna take me 1.5 hrs. its no wonder they are struggling to get customers.

at least in the old days you could catch the 333 and at least get to a town centre quickly.

To get from Hyperdome to Gungahlin is 2 busses at 1 hr 15 min. Any 300 series bus (Blue Rapid) gets you to Civic, and a 200 Red Rapid gets you to Gungahlin. Sure 1hr 15 min is a while, but you can’t whinge about the ol’ 333 when the Blue and Red Rapids are the modern day equivalent. Oh, and start using Google Transit in Maps, it’s much, much better than ACTION’s own website.

MrMagoo 11:30 am 24 Oct 11

Wanda said :

Is this report on so called improvemnts to bus service in 2012 actually serious ? Who wrote it, wonder what grounds can possibly be used to justify the continued marked imbalance of bus services provided to the north of the lake by the taxpayer. In 2006 Weston Creek lost over 60% of of bus services, as well as a few schools, college and CIT. There has been no improvement since, not even one single bus run & for us there is only one destination, as all Weston Creek commuters have no choice but to go to Woden , then wait , change , wait etc it is beyond frustrating,The timetabling is an example of lunacy I am amazed, nearly speechless but wholly sickened at the extraordinary imbalance and to me this is effective misuse of taxpayers money, or maybe our rates etc will be radically reduced to reflect the lack of services south of the lake. And by the way ANU has few buses trundle by down Barry Drive already, isnt every10 mins through out day enough? Surely Action made another mistake, & meant to address the lack of bus services to Reid CIT, which is near nonexistant, only two changes for most southern students.I thought the skills shortage was real and that ACT Gopvernment understood and valued education, although sadly it seems, Action seems to show that students are valued only if they go to ANU and live North of Lake?

Every bus that travels along Constitution AVe stops at CIT Reid, not sure how many serivces you need?

MrMagoo 11:24 am 24 Oct 11

Even their new routes have been designed to take unnecessary detours to go a long way to gain coverage instead of going to a central location where most people can walk 300m to a stop.

Problem with that statement is people aren’t willing to wlak 300 metres. I kid you not, I’ve gotten on a bus at City Inter and had to stop at either the stop near the Wig and Pen or the stop at the Comm. Back on London Circ to let people off who could have walked there in the time the bus was at the Interchange, good sentiment but people are lazy and won’t walk.

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