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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2012 Week 5 Hansard (3 May) . . Page.. 2005..

Ms Gallagher: The answer to the member's question is as follows:

(1) A feasibility study on the Adelaide Avenue bus stops commenced in December 2011 and is expected to be completed in August 2012. Design and construction of the feasibility study recommendations are subject to the future budget process.

(2) The impact on travel time on the blue rapid route is being evaluated as part of the feasibility study.

(3) Patronage arising from the proposed new bus stops on Adelaide Avenue is being analysed as part of the feasibility study.

(4) Information from the feasibility study will be used to assess if any new stops on Adelaide Avenue are expected to increase capacity on the bus services. Fleet capacity will be included when planning for the introduction of any new stops and will be subject to the future budget process.

Transport—intermodal freight hub (Question No 2105)

Ms Bresnan asked the Minister for Territory and Municipal Services, upon notice, on 20 March 2012 (redirected to the Minister for the Environment and Sustainable Development):

(1) What is the size of the intermodal freight facility at Kingston, in twenty-foot equivalent units.

(2) Is the facility, referred to in part (1), still usable; if not, what repairs or work need to be done on the site.

(3) Is the site currently being leased; if so, to whom and what is the length of this lease.

(4) When was the site last used, what was it used for and what amount of freight was being transferred through the site.

(5) Has the Government identified any alternative sites that would be suitable for an intermodal freight hub; if so, where.

(6) What efforts has the Government made with other governments, and with transport companies, to try and facilitate greater use of rail freight to the ACT.

Mr Corbell: The answer to the member's question is as follows:

(1) An intermodal terminal involves the provision of an area of land for a train and a truck to safely transfer containerised cargo, utilising lifting machinery.

As the Kingston site is not currently operational, it is not possible to identify its capacity in twenty foot units. Terminal capacity is a function of a number of factors including land area; cargo volume; the weight bearing capacity of the pavement; the lifting mechanism employed; the hours of operation and the road access to the terminal.

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