Russell Drive bus stops will be upgraded

Russell Drive bus stops will be upgraded

Media Release: Territory and Municipal Services Directorate, 30 August 2013

The ACT Government would like to advise the public that work to upgrade two bus stops on Russell Drive in Russell has commenced.

“The bus stops on both sides of the road opposite the Australian Defence Force headquarters will be upgraded to major bus stops to improve the comfort of commuters,” said Ben McHugh, Manager, Major Capital Works, Roads ACT.

“The bus stops are located on a high frequency bus corridor with buses arriving every few minutes during peak time, making them busy commuter points for people working in and visiting the area. The upgrade will replace the existing bus stops with a 12 metre long shelter to support the arrival of multiple buses.

“The upgrade will also include the enlargement of the concrete pad surrounding the stops, new modern glass shelters and the installation of tactile markers for improved disability access and safety.

“On completion of the works, commuters will have a more secure and comfortable waiting environment.

“While the upgrade works are underway, temporary north and southbound bus stops will be in operation on Reg Saunders Way.”

Mr McHugh said Russell Drive is one of six existing bus stops within the Parliamentary Triangle that were identified for an upgrade. The other stops, on Kings Avenue and Commonwealth Avenue, are currently in the final stages of construction.

The project is part of the Major Bus Stops Program which is one of the key initiatives under the Transport for Canberra strategy and, along with the implementation of new routes and timetables, will help the ACT Government increase work trips using buses.