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Mirinjani residents at Weston Creek. A new school service has been provided for students residing in the Gungahlin area. There are two earlier bus services for Giralang and Kaleen residents, an additional morning service, route 60, from Tuggeranong to the city, an additional afternoon service, route 51, from the city, via Gungahlin Market Place, to Belconnen.
ACTION will continue to assess requests for changes to specific route services and, where possible, will introduce these at the beginning of the next or following school terms. ACTION is also working with customers with accessibility issues. ACTION has received positive feedback regarding the new bus network. For example:
that is a good start, is it not—
I discovered today that there was a new bus service for Radford College taking Nicholls and Ngunnawal residents directly to their suburbs. This is very welcome news indeed and caters perfectly for this community. It is the most convenient service we have had in 7 years of living in Nicholls. Thank you very much for your consideration of the difficulties we faced. My daughter should now be home by about 4.0 pm—the earliest ever. Neighbours who have never used the bus service because it took too long are now going to use it.
Many thanks, that is excellent news and I am very grateful that at least there will be an earlier scheduled service from Giralang to Civic. You have restored my faith in the ACT public transport system. Once again, many thanks.
Opposition members interjecting—
MR HARGREAVES: These guys just do not want to hear it, but they are going to have to:
A big thank you for taking our feedback/request into account in introducing a morning service to Telopea School. The proposed bus 504 morning service from the Woden interchange is a big relief for us and will ensure we get to work on time, as we no longer have to worry about how to get our children to school first. We know other parents who have commented the same.
With regard to patronage, there have been full passenger loadings on a number of bus services. This is due to ACTION’s adult patronage increasing by approximately 10 per cent with the new network. Since the introduction of network 08, ACTION has experienced seven days where adult boardings have topped 25,000. One day it reached the 25,674 milestone. Get that. In the previous network, daily adult boardings averaged 22,500 a day. The average adult daily boardings for the first four weeks of network 08 increased by 9.38 per cent on the same period last year and 2.48 per cent on the two weeks prior to the introduction of network 08. Note that the Queen’s birthday public holiday was not included.