Media Release – Simon Corbell MLA

The ACT Labor Government is investigating options for several new bus stops along Adelaide Avenue which would make public transport more available to residents of Canberra’s inner south, including Deakin, Yarralumla and Curtin, Minister for the Environment and Sustainable Development, Simon Corbell announced today.

“Currently residents in the suburbs along Adelaide Avenue, between Woden and Civic, see regular bus services pass through, but there are no stops that allow passengers to join services into the Civic and Woden Town Centres and this study will look at options to fix this problem,” Mr Corbell said.

“There is no reason why residents in Curtin, Deakin and Yarralumla should have to travel to the Civic and Woden Town Centres on a suburban service, before taking a further journey, which can often take a lot longer than a direct service up Adelaide Avenue.” Mr Corbell said the government’s plan with this investigation is to make public transport more accessible on one of Canberra’s busiest transport corridors in and out of the city centre.“The investigation is looking at three locations along Adelaide Avenue, including Hopetoun Circuit in Deakin/Yarralumla, Kent/Novar Street in Deakin and Carruthers Street in Curtin,” Mr Corbell said.

“The government has allocated $200,000 for a feasibility study into the new stops and is seeking community input to better understand public transport expectations along Adelaide Avenue.”

The feasibility study along Adelaide Avenue – Yarra Glen will identify the best location for the bus stops between Deakin and Curtin. It will develop functional planning, design and operational requirements and concept plans for the bus stops and associated infrastructure considering transit lane access, traffic flow, landscape, surrounding land-use and future change.

“The investigation will also consider different options for bus stop designs including kerbside stops, ramp stops – which would see buses take exits and drop off at designated stops before rejoining Adelaide Avenue, and median stops which would allow buses to continue to use median strip bus lanes,” Mr Corbell added.

 

“Canberra is a growing and vibrant city, and it is the responsibility of the government to provide a public transport network that serves the needs of all Canberrans, and makes proper use of major transport corridors,” Mr Corbell said.

“This project to provide new stops along a key transport link is the latest in a suite of changes to make public transport more appealing, and encourage more people out of their cars and onto buses.”

“Having more bus stops in locations such as these along Adelaide Avenue will simply mean more frequent bus services for more Canberra residents.

“The only way we will see increased patronage on our bus network is to provide a system that works efficiently between suburbs and town centres, and a network that is reliable, and this announcement is evidence that the government is acting to make this a reality.”

The Environment and Sustainable Development Directorate has commissioned SMEC to undertake the feasibility study. The first public consultation will be undertaken in late February 2012.

For more information on the feasibility study, visit www.transport.act.gov.au