Minister for Territory and Municipal Services, Shane Rattenbury, today officially opened a new park and ride facility in Calwell which will improve public transport options for residents in south Canberra.
“The new $400,000 facility combines private vehicle use with bus travel to give residents a quick and easy trip to the City while at the same time saving them money by providing free parking. The parking spaces provided at the facility will also remove the stress of finding a car park in town,” Mr Rattenbury said.
“The project includes 60 parking spaces conveniently located near bus stops on Johnson Drive and Were Street. Buses at these stops are scheduled to arrive every 20 minutes during the peak period and every 30 minutes during the off-peak.
“The new Calwell park and ride facility will be the 15th such facility provided in Canberra.
“It is important that the ACT Government provides Canberra with better public transport options make the city more sustainable and reduce congestion on the road network. This facility is another step towards this goal.
“I encourage residents of Calwell and surrounding suburbs, including Banks, Conder, Gordon and Theodore, to use the new facility by parking their car for free and catching a bus for the rest of their journey.”
Mr Rattenbury thanked the local community, including the South East Tuggeranong Residents’ Association, local shops and the Calwell Club, for their support of the project.
The work has been completed by the new contractor Deeble B&C.
Landscaping works will be completed at the facility over the coming weeks.
Media Release: Shane Rattenbury MLA, 21 November 2013.