A new park and ride and bike and ride facility was officially opened in North Weston today, giving the Weston Creek community more travel options to get to and from work, school and activities, said Minister for Territory and Municipal Services, Shane Rattenbury.

“The new $500,000 facility located off Cotter Road, adjacent to the intersection with Kirkpatrick Street, will allow people in north Weston that currently rely on car only transportation to shift to car and bus or bike and bus travel,” Mr Rattenbury said.

“Leave town centre parking hassles behind and reduce your petrol costs (and your carbon footprint) by parking your car for free or securing your bike and completing your journey by bus.

“The north Weston park and ride was completed by local contractor Chincivil and features 49 normal parking spaces and a bike storage cage that can hold up to 24 bikes at a time.

“Two new bus stops have also been built  on each side of the Cotter Road and Kirkpatrick Street intersection, and a new signalised crossing will provide a safe passage for pedestrians.

“The inbound stop on the northern side of the road features a large bus shelter to protect commuters from the elements.

“The two new bus stops will be serviced from tomorrow by Xpresso route 729, providing direct travel between Weston Creek and the City during peak times. Planning is currently underway to provide additional express services under Network 14.

“It is important that the ACT Government provides Canberra with better public transport options that make the city more sustainable and reduce congestion on the road network.

The north Weston facility is another step towards this goal and the 16th such facility provided in Canberra, with 829 park and ride spaces currently available as well as bike storage facilities at over 20 locations across the ACT.

“I encourage residents of Weston Creek and surrounding suburbs, including Holder, Duffy, Rivett, Stirling and the expanding Molonglo area to take advantage of the facility to get to and from the city during peak hours and to look out for additional express services later in the year.

Two additional park and ride facilities are currently under construction on College Street in Bruce and Moyes Crescent in Kippax and are due for completion in early 2014.

Media Release: Shane Rattenbury MLA, 19 February 2014

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