Over the coming months, 87 bus stops will be upgraded to improve accessibility for people with disabilities, Chief Minister and Minister for Transport, Jon Stanhope, announced today.

“A program of works to improve bus stops throughout Canberra will see seniors and people with disabilities benefit from upgrades to existing transport infrastructure,” Mr Stanhope said. “The improvements will help the territory meet the requirements of the Disability Discrimination Act.

 

Construction will commence to enlarge concrete waiting areas to cover a space of 3 metres by 5 metres where possible and improvements to connecting footpaths will assist wheelchair access in accordance with disability standards.

“Upgrades will see tactile ground surface indicators installed to assist the visually impaired,” Mr Stanhope said. “Adjustments to bus stop concrete waiting areas and connecting paths will also facilitate wheelchair access,” Mr Stanhope said.

“Improvements will begin this month to bus stops covered by routes 313 and 314 in the suburbs of Fraser, Florey, Flynn, Charnwood, Kambah, Bonython and Banks, with a progressive rollout in other Canberra suburbs over the coming months.

“Bus stop Improvements will complement the $49.5 million fleet replacement program which will see ACTION meet its interim 2012 DDA requirements,” Mr Stanhope said.

Mr Stanhope said the upgrade would have minimal impact on everyday use of these bus stops.

For more information contact Canberra Connect on 13 22 81.