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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2012 Week 7 Hansard (7 June) . . Page.. 2921..


Answers to questions

ACTION bus service—dead running (Question No 2078)

Mr Coe asked the Minister for Territory and Municipal Services, upon notice, on 23 February 2012:

(1) What is the cost of dead running, the time taken for dead running and the number of kilometres of dead running per day on the ACTION bus network, broken down by (a) week day, (b) Saturday and (c) Sunday services.

(2) What is the cost of dead running, the time taken for dead running and number of kilometres of dead running per day on the ACTION bus network for buses allocated to Redex services.

(3) What are the answers to parts (1) and (2) limited to CNG buses.

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

To ensure that the basis of the response to the Member's question is consistent with the response provided in December 2009 to Question on Notice No. 434 (19 November 2009), the Territory and Municipal Services Directorate and ACTION have reviewed the basis for the figures provided in 2009.

A review of the 2009 data has been unable to determine precisely how the information contained in the response to QON 434 was derived. It is however clear that the response did not include all of the information that could have been included in any calculation of dead running.

Dead running consists of buses travelling to the start of scheduled services, returning to depots after completion of scheduled services as well as drivers returning to depots for meal breaks. Using the same methodology as used to calculate the 2010-11 (current network) response, the 2009 data has been recalculated as follows:

2009 - recalculated network dead running Time (hours) Distance (kms) School term weekday 472 19,607 School holiday weekday 409 16,689 Saturday 71 2,589 Sunday 50 1,828

This compares to the original information provided to the Member in 2009:

2009 - previously advised network dead running kms Time (hours) Distance (kms) School term weekday 296 11,875 Saturday 87 3,482 Sunday 59 2,383

Dead running has been independently benchmarked by TAMS as part of a national benchmarking comparison since 2005-06. The national industry figures for 2010-11 show


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