Work has been completed on the $1.8 million Flemington Road bus lane that will reduce travel times for bus patrons travelling from Gungahlin to the City by up to 10 minutes, Chief Minister and Minister for Transport, Jon Stanhope, announced today.

“With the rapid population growth on Canberra’s north, the Gungahlin to City bus route has become one of the busiest in the ACT with over 300 buses using the road on weekdays,” Mr Stanhope said.

“The new $1.8 million bus lane on Flemington Road allows for priority access to public transport which will significantly decrease bus travel times to the City, by around five to 10 minutes in peak traffic.”

Mr Stanhope said the new bus lane complemented the $20m duplication of Flemington Road, which was completed in August, and highlighted the ACT Government’s investment in Gungahlin.

“These measures, supplemented by the introduction of the Red Rapid bus services, will result in improved levels of service from Gungahlin to the City, especially during peak periods,”  Mr Stanhope said.

“The Government is investing significantly across a range of infrastructure in Gungahlin, including new education facilities, a library and transport as well as providing land for the ongoing development of residential and office accommodation.

“This investment not only meets the needs of families living in Gungahlin now but will allow us to continue to meet those needs well into the future.”

Mr Stanhope said the new bus lane would also contribute to the ACT Government’s commitment to the ACT Sustainable Transport Plan, which aims to have 16% of all journeys to work made by public transport by 2026.

“The ACT Government will continue to invest in enhancing the ACT public transport services to encourage more Canberrans to make the switch and leave the car at home,” Mr Stanhope added.