The 2011-12 ACT Budget was released today by Treasurer Katy Gallagher, with Chief Minister Jon Stanhope saying that it put further actions from the Transport for Canberra strategy in place.
“The ACT Government is acutely aware of the need to transition the ACT to a sustainable transport future while fulfilling the needs of today’s drivers and commuters.
“This Budget continues our proud tradition of delivering major transport projects for Canberra, with funding for a new transitway along Northbourne Avenue, upgraded bus stations and the construction of the Majura Parkway just some of the initiatives,” Mr Stanhope said.
$450,000 has been allocated for the design of bus stations located in Barton and Dickson, in order to provide improved access to public transport for residents and workers in the locations.
$21.4m in funding has been allocated over four years to ACTION and will help cover improved services including:
- An extension of the Blue Rapid (Intertown) service to Kippax via Southern Cross Drive
- $3.7m to upgrade Woden Bus Depot
- $4.5m to upgrade the ACTION radio network
- Ongoing transport information and promotion initiatives.
- $150,000 for a feasibility study on bus priority measures at the intersection of Barton Highway and Gundaroo Drive
- $1m for the planning and design of a bus layover facility in the City
- $200,000 to conduct a feasibility study to establish bus stops including passenger information on Adelaide Avenue.
- Improved services for Gungahlin, the Inner North, Fyshwick and the Canberra Hospital.
- A dedicated minibus for the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities.
- $1m to upgrade 250 bus stops to meet disability standards
- $4.4 million for the upgrade of fuel facilities at Tuggeranong and Belconnen bus depots.
In other transport areas:
- $2.5m for the forward design of a transit way for Northbourne Avenue to streamline public transport movements
- $1.5m for design and construction of priority projects identified in the walking and cycling network review
- $400,000 for lighting of community paths on main cycle routes into the city.
- $144n for the construction of the Majura Parkway
- $500,000 to update traffic cameras
- $600,000 for safety fences along Yarra Glen, Adelaide Avenue and Flynn Drive
- $6m for a pedestrian bridge to improve safety for students crossing Drakeford Drive
- $1.5m for intersection upgrades in West Belconnen
“The transport needs of Canberrans are continually evolving as our city continues to grow and this Budget recognises that by continuing to deliver a more targeted, more efficient and smarter transport network,” Mr Stanhope concluded.