Media Release:Alistair Coe MLA

Another step to freeing up the city’s clogged road system was announced by the Canberra Liberals with their plan to open the bus lane along Barry Drive from Belconnen Way to all T2 Traffic, according to Leader of the Opposition Zed Seselja and Shadow Minister for Transport Services Alistair Coe.

“All this term, the Canberra Liberals have been focussed on getting better local services and at lower costs to the community – there is no better example than this transport initiative.”

“The Canberra Liberals will move to open this lane to T2 Traffic, that is all vehicles with two or more passengers on board. The infrastructure is there, but we don’t use it. It will cost nothing, and can instantly improve the drive to work for thousands of Canberrans.

“We led the way by pushing this idea on the ACT Labor government and succeeded in opening up Adelaide Avenue that had the same out of date restrictions. That has freed up that road enormously,” said Zed.

Shadow Transport Services Minister and local Belconnen Member Alistair Coe added, “The lane along Barry Drive is currently only open to buses and taxis, despite Barry Drive carrying up to 27,000 vehicles per day. Closing the third lane to nothing but busses [sic] – and busses that aren’t that frequent – is a massive waste and poor planning. Our idea opens Belconnen up just that bit more every day for all those travelling in by car.

“It’s a great example of delivering core local services and without any additional cost,” Mr Coe concluded.