Bus plan for Canberra

Canberra, Tuesday.—A two-man inquiry into Canberra’s bus system has recommended the introduction of one-man buses to ease present heavy losses. The report has been sent to the Minister for the Interior, Mr. W. S. Kent Hughes, whose department runs Canberra buses. The report also discusses economies in the ministerial and special car pools run by the department. ECONOMICAL The report says there are sixty-five 39-passenger buses now operating in Canberra. It says 47 would be Read more…

New bus services for Canberra

A new omnibus time table embracing the Canberra City area will operate as from Monday. Features of the new service will be the introduction of shopping buses, speedier transport from the north to the south side of the river and improved services to outlying suburbs. The introduction of the new service has come as the result of representations by public bodies over a long period A route traversing Commonwealth Bridge has been introduced. Three additional Read more…

Canberra bus overcrowding worst in Australia

Commenting on a statement made at the Industrial Board, that there was no comparison between the work of Sydney and Canberra omnibus drivers and conductors, the Federal Vice-President of the Transport Workers Union (Mr. M. F. Macdon- ald) said that conditions for crews in Canberra, during peak hours, were amongst the worst in Australia. Buses were dangerously overcrowded at peak hours. Conductors had sometimes complained that wo- men became distraught and cried under the strain Read more…

Letter to the editor

“I have been living in Canberra six months now, after some years in Sydney, and as I average between 30 and 40 miles each day on buses here, I feel I can say a few words in defence of our transport personnel.”

Producer gas unit trial on large bus

Canberra: February 22 (1940) A 40-passenger bus powered by a producer gas unit will be tried out in Canberra by the Department of the Interior shortly. It will be the first bus in Australia so eqiopped. The producer unit, costing £255, will arrive from England shortly. If the experiment is successful all petrol-driven buses in Canberra will be converted to charcoal burners. A motor truck equipped by the De- partment with a producer gas unit Read more…