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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2009 Week 14 Hansard (18 November) . . Page.. 5138..

ACTION bus service-Redex trial

MR COE (Ginninderra) (10.12): I move:

That this Assembly notes:

(1) the ACT Government's $1 million trial of Redex between Gungahlin and Kingston;

(2) that the Redex trial has already been scaled back and services from West Belconnen have been aborted;

(3) that Redex services travel on the same roads as existing bus services with little potential for time improvements;

(4) that routes 51, 52 or 59 provide fifty services a day between Gungahlin suburbs and the city;

(5) that for Gungahlin residents in Nicholls, Ngunnawal, Casey, Forde and Amaroo that use a route 51, 52 or 59 service, the travel and connection time to and from the city on a Redex service will exceed the travel time of these existing route services to and from the city for 92% of services;

(6) that during off-peak hours, Redex offer a negligible time saving to the existing route 5 services;

(7) that there are no "park and ride"facilities at the Gungahlin Town Centre;

(8) that in the absence of "park and ride"facilities there are concerns that commuters will occupy private car parking spaces at the Gungahlin Town Centre and therefore restrict trade for local business operators;

(9) that the lengthy travel times are often caused by indirect suburban services and a lack of bus priority in key locations;

(10) the potential for worsened bus bunching, especially on Northbourne Avenue;

(11) the fuel cost and emissions from dead running buses between bus depots and the starting point of Redex services;

(12) the existing stresses and lack of resources on other parts of the ACT bus network;

(13) the opportunity cost within the network of spending $1 million on these services; and

(14) that a $1 million investment in public transport could be better spent by providing:

(a) choice to Gungahlin commuters with more direct route services from Gungahlin suburbs to the Gungahlin Town Centre and city;

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