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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2013 Week 5 Hansard (11 April) . .

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MADAM SPEAKER: Order, members!

MR RATTENBURY: to do the best job we can to provide the best coverage with the highest frequency that we are able to within the constraints of the available resources.

MADAM SPEAKER: A supplementary question, Mr Coe.

MR COE: Minister, what community feedback has the government received on bus services in Weston Creek? As minister for TAMS, are you going to be able to deliver 15-minute intervals for bus services?

MR RATTENBURY: I am not able to detail at this point all the specific feedback that ACTION has received, or TAMS for that matter, about bus services in Weston Creek. We have a number of channels for receiving feedback, as I am sure members are aware, whether it is Twitter, the various access points such as Canberra Connect, or feedback from ACT government websites. So there is a whole range of possible feedback. Some of them will be quite specific about individual bus services not arriving—unfortunately that does happen from time to time, and members of the public do express their frustration about that—through to general observations around bus stops needing perhaps an upgrade, people seeking footpaths to bus stops, through to suggestions about route improvements. So there is a whole range of feedback that we do receive. I can give you a general flavour of it. I obviously do not have the specifics to mind.

The second half of your question was about frequency. As I said in response to Mrs Jones's question, we are currently working on the network to look at what improvements can be made. I will be making announcements about that in the future.

MADAM SPEAKER: A supplementary question, Mr Coe.

MR COE: Minister, what is the public transport plan for Weston Creek as Molonglo continues to develop, and will this be incorporated in network 2013?

MR RATTENBURY: As I just indicated in my last answer, where the work is still being done, there is no definitive plan at this point in time. That said, I am keen to see park-and-ride facilities in Weston Creek. I think this is an opportunity to assist people with not having to drive all the way to the city.

Members on your side of the chamber often raise the issue of the necessity of parents, particularly—and it is something that I am well aware of—to perhaps drop one child at preschool and another child at school and then go and get public transport. If we can do something like putting a park-and-ride facility on Cotter Road, parents would have the ability to do various things within Weston Creek, perhaps then park on Cotter Road and take a bus directly to the city, which can help avoid congestion on some key arterial routes such as Cotter Road, Adelaide Avenue or the Tuggeranong Parkway and Parkes Way. That is one area.


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