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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2014 Week 9 Hansard (18 September) . .

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Brindabella and Majura business parks, including a weekend service to Majura Park, a new service linking Molonglo to Woden and Cooleman Court and a peak hour Xpresso service to Civic.

There is a new service to Hume and new services to Springbank Rise in Casey, as well as improved services to Crace. Finally, there is a new weekday and weekend service to the National Arboretum which is certainly something that people have been requesting, given the popularity of that venue.

MADAM SPEAKER: A supplementary question, Ms Berry.

MS BERRY: Minister, can you detail the planning that was undertaken for services to Weston Creek and how did the review of these services respond to the concerns expressed by the Weston Creek community, and does ACTION usually review new services after they have commenced?

MR RATTENBURY: Weston Creek was reviewed in the same way the rest of the network was in the first instance, where ACTION planners sat down and looked at the MyWay data and used that to measure passenger movements and look for improvements in the network through that.

Following that, of course, ACTION went out to public consultation. I have had an extraordinarily high level of feedback with somewhere over 2,300 individual pieces of feedback on the network. At that point further adjustments were made to the network before its finalisation for the 1 September launch this year.

What I can say is that there is an improvement in services to Weston Creek. I will give you some of the comparisons between network 12 and network 14. There is now an increase from 91 to 93 trips to Woden during the week. There are more trips before 9 am, which is obviously a peak travel time, and there are now four extra services to Woden before 9 am.

There is now an increase in the Xpresso trips from Weston Creek to the city from two in the old network to six. I might add there—and members will have seen it in the paper—there was an error in the drafting of network 14, the final timetable. One of the services out of Weston Creek was accidentally left off. That was one of the latest of the Xpresso services. Unfortunately, there was an error there. ACTION has now rectified that and the new additional service commenced from this Monday, 15 September, meaning six Xpresso trips a day.

There is also a significant improvement in trips on the weekend, with an increase of trips from Weston Creek to Woden on a Saturday from 31 to 55. Trips from Woden back to Weston Creek increased from 30 to 54. On Sunday it is a similar increase, with trips from Weston Creek to Woden increasing from 21 to 41 and on return from 20 to 40. Those particular weekend figures demonstrate the examples where we have seen very substantial improvements in the weekend services.

MADAM SPEAKER: A supplementary question, Dr Bourke.

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