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(1) The rollout of approximately 240 shelters included in the Adshel contract is expected to be completed by the end of 2013.

(2) There are other capital works programs in place to deliver additional bus shelters, including the Transport Planning “Bus Shelters” Project.

Deane’s Buslines—patrons
(Question No 1291)

Ms Bresnan asked the Minister for Transport, upon notice, on 9 December 2010:

(1) Why are Deane’s Buslines unable to pick up ACT patrons along their routes from Queanbeyan to the ACT, particularly where equivalent ACTION services are not available.

(2) What consideration has the ACT given to allowing Deane’s Buslines to transport ACT patrons.

Mr Stanhope: The answer to the member’s question is as follows:

(1) Deane’s Buslines, (a NSW based company), operates a number of services which involve picking up ACT passengers. In particular, Deane’s holds a service contract with the Territory for the provision of bus services between Queanbeyan and the ACT. The service contract is a non-financial contract with no cost to the Government and allows Deane’s to provide the following regular route services, 7 days a week:

Queanbeyan to the City and return via Harman, Fyshwick, Kingston, Manuka, Barton, Russell;

Queanbeyan to Woden and return via Harman, DFO, Fyshwick, Narrabundah, John James Hospital and Canberra Hospital.

Deane’s have approval to drop off passengers along these routes each weekday and approval to both pick up and drop off ACT passengers along these routes on weekends.

Deane's also provide an Airliner shuttle service between the Canberra Airport, Brindabella Park, Brand Depot and the City interchange. This service also operates 7 days a week.

Historically, service contracts have been granted to accredited bus operators provided that the services do not duplicate or compete with scheduled route services provided by ACTION or any other existing operator.

The ACT Government is not aware of any current approaches from Deane's or ACT patrons, seeking approval of a new Deane's service to either address gaps in ACTION services or replace ACTION services.

Should an approach be made by Deane’s or any other bus company, consideration would need to be given to the interaction and implications of any proposed new service with services provided by existing service providers.

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