ACT Chief Minister and Minister for Territory and Municipal Services, Katy Gallagher, today called on qualified and experienced construction companies to tender for stage one of the Belconnen to City Transitway project.

Companies will have until 19 January 2012 to submit their best bid under the tender process being conducted by the ACT Government. The tender process officially opens today, Saturday 10 December 2011.

“The Belconnen to City corridor is one of the busiest bus commuter routes in Canberra connecting people to Civic as well as the University of Canberra, CIT Bruce Campus, Calvary Hospital and the Australian National University,” the Chief Minister said.

“The Belconnen to City Transitway project will make public transport more attractive and accessible for people travelling between Belconnen and the City.

“Due to commence in early-2012, the first stage of work will include a continuous dedicated bus lane on Barry Drive from Clunies Ross Street through to Kingsley Street in the City; a new major bus station at City West integrated with the new ANU Exchange development; on and off-road cycling facilities along Barry Drive; and new pedestrian facilities.”

The Chief Minister said the project will be undertaken in stages with work in the Belconnen area planned to commence in 2012-13.

“Subject to future funding, other stages of work will include bus priority measures along College Street and Haydon Drive in Belconnen and the duplication of College Street,” the Chief Minister said.

“The ACT Government is committed to improving transport infrastructure and reduced traffic congestion on our roads. Other projects currently underway which support the Belconnen to City Transitway include the Barry Drive and Clunies Ross Street intersection upgrade and cycling infrastructure projects such as the Civic Cycle Loop,” the Chief Minister concluded.

Information on the tender process for the construction of the Belconnen to City Transitway project stage one can be found at http://www.procurement.act.gov.au/A

ACT Government Media Release