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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2006 Week 9 Hansard (20 September) . . Page.. 2942..


MR STANHOPE (continuing):

the full range of appropriate systems and processes to ensure that that trust that we invest in those around us is honoured. That is the commitment I give in relation to the report. We will ensure that such processes are in place.

MR STEFANIAK: Mr Speaker, I have a supplementary question. Chief Minister, are you aware of any other government agencies where there may well be or are similar problems in relation to procedures and financial controls?

MR STANHOPE: No, I am not aware of any other issues of the same order or ilk as have been revealed in the Auditor General's report into Rhodium.

ACTION bus service

MS MacDONALD: Mr Speaker, my question, through you, is to Mr Hargreaves as Minister for the Territory and Municipal Services. Could the minister inform the Assembly of the work taking place in developing a new ACTION bus network for the people of Canberra?

MR HARGREAVES: I thank Ms MacDonald for her question. The changes that we are making across the territory and municipal services department include services that we are providing through ACTION. We are proposing network changes. This is a network for all Canberrans.

Some of the improvements that we propose include increased frequency of intertown route 300. Now it is every 15 minutes on weekends, an increase from every 20 minutes. We are going to have more peak hour Xpressos and the use of articulated buses to increase passenger capacity. For example, for Xpresso 703, it is proposed to have an articulated bus on the 6.54 am and 7.35 am services and an additional trip at 7.23 am, as well as continuing the 8.05 am service. In the pm, an additional trip has been added at 5.15 from the city.

For Xpresso 701, there will be an additional service at 5.20 pm from the city. We will be utilising articulated buses where possible on these routes. Xpresso 702 has improved time adjustments to better meet travel demand. Articulated buses will also be used on these routes where possible.

Opposition members interjecting—

MR SPEAKER: Order, members! You are interrupting Mr Hargreaves.

MR HARGREAVES: Thank you very much. We are having easier to remember timetables. Off peak and weekend services will depart at the same time each hour.

First route 300 from Tuggeranong to the city is extended through to Belconnen so that workers can get to Calvary Hospital for the start of their shift. There will be improved connections between intertown and evening/weekend services, between routes 35 and 38 from Manuka to Fyshwick, and morning services to Canberra railway station. There will be services to the Canberra Eye Hospital.


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