The new Belconnen Bus Stations will be showcased this weekend during free tours of the facilities which includes six new bus platforms, an indoor waiting lounge and outdoor bus shelters, Chief Minister and Minister for Territory and Municipal Services, Jon Stanhope, announced today.

Mr Stanhope said the free familiarisation tours to showcase the newly upgraded Bus Stations would take place between 11:30am and 4pm on Saturday 13 November 2010during the Belconnen Community Festival.

“Improvements to the Belconnen Bus Stations and newly extended Cohen street will see the area become fully operational from Monday 15 November 2010 as ACTION’s Network 10 timetable commences,” Mr Stanhope said.

“The Westfield Bus Station off Lathlain Street integrates with the new entrance of the shopping centre.”

“Patrons can look forward to a welcoming indoor waiting lounge, new amenities and two large outdoor bus shelters with capacity to seat up to 120 patrons. Adjoining cafes will open in Westfield Belconnen in coming months.

“Commuters to and from the Belconnen Community Bus shelter will benefit from six new platforms with increased weather protection.”

Mr Stanhope said all buses travelling into and out of the Belconnen City Centre would travel through each of the new Westfield and Belconnen Community Bus Stations and the existing Cohen Street Bus Station.

“The Belconnen Community Station features 13 glass domes which will showcase images developed by the local community which will be renewed on a regular basis.

“Network 10 will see the introduction of new services in Gungahlin and West Macgregor, improved services to Kippax and the Parliamentary Triangle and a rapid service extended to DFO in Fyshwick,” Mr Stanhope said.

Tour details can be found on ACTION’s website www.action.act.gov.au

New ACTION bus timetables are available at all bus stations, Canberra Connect Shopfronts and also on ACTION’s website.

Further information on the Belconnen Community Festival is available at www.belconnen.org.au/festival.htm


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