Community input is being sought on the location of a new $3 million bus station in Erindale, Chief Minister and Minister for Transport, Jon Stanhope, said today.

“The ACT Government has identified Erindale as a key location for a major bus station to improve sustainable transport options for people travelling to and from Tuggeranong,” Mr Stanhope said.

“This bus station will include new bus services such as the Blue Rapid service and sustainable transport options such as the co-location of bike>park>ride facilities.”

Erindale is currently serviced by four bus routes, three of which run through the Comrie Street bus stops in the Erindale town centre and a fourth which stops on Sternberg Crescent.

The ACT Government is seeking community feedback on two possible sites for the proposed Erindale bus station, both on McBryde Crescent.

One possible location is opposite the shopping centre and would involve closing the eastern end of Ricardo Street. The second is on a site west of the first option which would involve reconfiguring access to the shopping centre car park.

The Erindale Bus Station feasibility study has been closely integrated with the ACT Planning and Land Authority’s planning project for the Tuggeranong and Erindale Centres which aims to establish how they can continue to develop to meet the needs of the community.

As part of this, a consultation session will be held at 7.30pm tonight during the Tuggeranong Community Council meeting. A second session will be held from 4pm to 7pm tomorrow at Erindale Shopping Centre.

Mr Stanhope said the Erindale bus station feasibility study was an important project in the ACT Government’s $97 million Transport for Canberra program.

“Transport for Canberra will increase the reliability and sustainability of the Territory’s public transport system, reduce traffic congestion and improve safety on our roads,” Mr Stanhope said. “The new Erindale bus station will be a major part of this.”

The Erindale Bus Station feasibility study is due to be completed mid-2011

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