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Liberals ‘reimagine’ Canberra’s bus service

Civic to Woden in 15 minutes, says Mark Parton.

Canberra Liberals Leader Elizabeth Lee has announced the party’s transport policy ahead of October’s election, saying the focus is on a faster, greener and better-connected public transport system that will be delivered cheaper and sooner.

Titled “People focused Public Transport”, Ms Lee said the “comprehensive plan” reimagined the future of public  transport in Canberra.

“The Canberra Liberals will implement a range of transport improvements across the ACT with more
reliable, frequent, and direct bus routes on rapid, local, school and Xpresso services seven days a
week, backed by a legislated service guarantee,” she said.

“We will also go to market to partner with a bus manufacturer to build our future bus fleet right
here in Canberra. Our plan is to assemble our electric busses for Canberrans by Canberrans which
will create local jobs.

“Through a number of major capital works projects such as the City to Woden transport corridor, a

new Civic transport interchange and a northside bus depot we will prioritise a bus system that will
adapt to Canberra’s growing population.

“We will commit to an equitable fare system which will include capped fees at $25 per week and a
free city travel zone.

Opposition transport spokesman Mark Parton said a dedicated busway from the City to Woden would be completed by late 2027.

“These improvements will reduce the journey time from Woden to the city to under 15 minutes and
will also speed up travel times for those travelling to the city from Woden, Weston Creek, Molonglo
and Tuggeranong,” Mr Parton said.


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3 Responses to Liberals ‘reimagine’ Canberra’s bus service

Anthea Brouwer says: 3 April 2024 at 7:53 pm

These rich Liberals who go to work in their fancy (Petrol) cars have no idea the reality of catching buses in Canberra. Infequent services during peak times, and especially on the Weekend( every two hours). If you miss the bus, its another 30 minutes for the next bus. Now I walk down to Dickson, get a coffee and there is a tram every 15 minutes in the Early morning. (Every 5 minutes in peak times). The weekends are a nightmare to get buses. I’m lucky because I work so I will opt for a taxi but what about all the pensioners and those on benefits. If they dare take away the light rail, I will, for the FIRST time in my life, I will become politically active!!

mick mason says: 3 April 2024 at 8:15 pm

A real transport plan, that caters for the majority of Canberra residents, rather than the lucky few, will be an election winner.


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