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Network 2021

Started by triumph, February 25, 2021, 08:56:29 PM

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triumph

Will there be a network revision this year? Anyone have clues on what might be in the works and planned for when?

Barry Drive

It's a good question. There's no pressing reason for a major network change this year.

Early work on Woden Interchange (the layover) should commence later this year, but the demolition of the current interchange won't be until 2022. Also, Woden Depot is unlikely to be completed until 2022/23.

So there may be increased weekend services coming, but I don't think a full network change is likely until 2022.

Barry Drive

Construction work on the new Turner Layover is progressing. This could be the catalyst for a network change next year when City West departures move to Rimmer St.

The other cause of a network revamp would be if they decide to lease 34 electric buses and store them at a satellite depot – I would assume they'd need to reconfigure the shifts although that may not affect the timetables.

In any case, the new GTFS has been released taking the timetable up to mid December. So that suggests no changes happening this year, other than the usual Christmas timetable reduction.

triumph

Quote from: Barry Drive on June 11, 2021, 10:10:12 AMConstruction work on the new Turner Layover is progressing. This could be the catalyst for a network change next year when City West departures move to Rimmer St.

The other cause of a network revamp would be if they decide to lease 34 electric buses and store them at a satellite depot – I would assume they'd need to reconfigure the shifts although that may not affect the timetables.

In any case, the new GTFS has been released taking the timetable up to mid December. So that suggests no changes happening this year, other than the usual Christmas timetable reduction.

Firstly, It is to be hoped that Rimmer Street departures when the new layover is operational will include those routes departing S from platforms 8 and 10 and N from platform 6. In particular, services starting at platform 10 and terminating at platform 11 are very inconvenient for connections. ( For some connections by those familiar with the system, there are non-interchange options, but using the Interchange should be the effective, efficient, and convenient norm.)

Secondly, it is very disappointing that, apparently and despite recruitment and training seemingly proceeding apace, the weekend timetable is not to be improved again this year to reduce local service intervals to at least one hour from the present 2 hours. (In particular, a 2 hour interval service to the National Museum is very poor indeed.) 

Thirdly, how is the layover to be accessed? Brief material I found seems to imply that buses will enter and leave from and to Kingsley St., thus adding to the long delays (up to near 2min) already experienced by inbound services turning right from the Barry Drive bus lane. And what about already lengthy backed up morning peak hour Barry Drive general traffic, too bad? (Construction plans seem to be hidden behind registration of potential contractors and a log-in.)