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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2013 Week 4 Hansard (20 March) . . Page.. 1130..


MR WALL: Minister, are similar transitways planned for other roads and, if so, which roads?

MR RATTENBURY: There are no specific projects at this point in time for other roads across Canberra. That said, I think we are going to see people potentially lobbying us for more of them. The Belconnen to city transitway is set to cut off 2½ minutes of travel time for public transport users down that very busy corridor. This is the fourth busiest commuter corridor in the ACT, and what we see is that around one-quarter of the people travelling down that corridor are coming on the buses.

My anticipation is that this transitway will improve the experience of both bus users and car users. By adding the additional lane we have taken the buses out of the lanes for cars. This will mean both that bus travellers get a cleaner run through to the city and that the people who need to come to town by car will not have the buses in the lanes and also will not have the buses seeking to cross the lanes in the section along the edge of ANU just near Sullivans Creek to turn right down Marcus Clarke Street.

So I expect that to be a very effective thing that will improve the transport experience for people travelling between the city and Belconnen. I think when Canberra citizens see that taking place, they may well be saying, "Actually, we'd like to see a bit of that action in our part of town."So I would not be surprised if we look at further options in the future.

MR WALL: A supplementary, Madam Acting Speaker.

MADAM ACTING SPEAKER: Yes, Mr Wall.

MR WALL: Minister, how will you conduct negotiations on future development projects to avoid delays?

MR RATTENBURY: I expect that Territory and Municipal Services will work very closely with the stakeholders to ensure that there are not delays in future projects.

Municipal services—Fadden

MR WALL: My question is to the Minister for Territory and Municipal Services. Minister, I wrote to you recently and asked you to consider restricting access to the easement bound by Bugden Avenue, Free Place and Appel Crescent in Fadden in order to prevent ongoing antisocial behaviour and vandalism from disrupting residents who live in the area. In your response to me, you say:

The Territory and Municipal Services ... Directorate receives a large number of requests for additional maintenance, equipment and infrastructure each year which are considered within available funding and are prioritised according to need. Your constituents request for log barriers has been included for consideration in the 2013-14 program.

Minister, given that residents were initially promised that log barriers or bollards would be installed three years ago, why are they yet to see this work occur?


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