Minister for Territory and Municipal Services, Shane Rattenbury, today announced work has commenced on a $3.325 million project to upgrade public transport facilities around the Gungahlin Town Centre. The infrastructure will ultimately form part of the Capital Metro light rail project.
“These Gungahlin improvements are part of significant and continuing upgrades to public transport infrastructure across Canberra, such as the recently announced Parliamentary Triangle bus station, Canberra Avenue bus priority lanes, Barry Drive transitway and a new Woden bus interchange,” Mr Rattenbury said.
“The Gungahlin upgrades will deliver better public transport facilities around the expanding town centre. We are replacing the existing Hibberson Street bus stops with a major, 30m long station. It will improve shelter and seating, provide new bike racks, and make space for the installation of real-time bus information displays.
“The new infrastructure will significantly improve ACTION’s ability to service the Gungahlin region, which is the fastest growing area of Canberra, while also preparing for the future development of the Gungahlin to the City light rail project.
“The new bus station can accommodate 3 buses at once, and is long enough for two light rail carriages in the future.
“We intend to integrate planned development on the adjacent car park area to create a public transport hub linked to the commercial activities in the town centre.
Mr Rattenbury said that other improvements in the project include:
- two new bus stops on Hibberson Street near Hinder Street
- a new bus stop on each side of both Anthony Rolfe Avenue west of Gribble Street
- two new bus layovers (Kate Crace Street and Anthony Rolfe Avenue) which will include driver facilities and parking bays for buses
“These public transport improvements are key to making Canberra a more convenient and sustainable city. They provide essential infrastructure to complement future bus service improvements. I expect to release proposals for improvements to the bus network for public consultation in the coming months,” Mr Rattenbury said.