Page 5638 - Week 13 - Thursday, 17 November 2011

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(2) What modelling has the Government done on how the configurations referred to in part (1) would impact on future travel patterns on the parkway and by how much would these configurations reduce the number of vehicles travelling along the parkway.

(3) How does the Government intend to use the Majura Parkway for routes as part of the ACTION bus network.

(4) What near and long term plans does the Government have to improve the public transport network linking Gungahlin to (a) Canberra Airport and Majura Park, (b) Fyshwick, (c) Hume and (d) Campbell.

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

(1) A bus only or high occupancy vehicle lane was not included in the design of the Majura because the Parkway is not part of the inter-town public transport corridor. The projected traffic volume on Majura Parkway, even after allowing modal shifts towards public transport in accordance with the ACT Sustainable Transport Plan, will require two traffic lanes each direction.

(2) The modelling work that was undertaken considered more uptake of public transport in the medium and long terms. The modelling took into account the public transport corridors in the network and the overall transport strategy. The Majura Parkway’s predominant roles are to provide peripheral (ring road) options for the traffic to take traffic away from key public transport spines such as Northbourne Avenue and provide an alternative route for freight movement. The configurations that were modelled reflect Majura Parkway’s intended roles.

(3) The Majura Parkway can form part of the peak express routes that service directly from Gungahlin to Fairbairn/ Majura/ Brindabella Parks.

(4) In the near term:

a. Canberra Airport and Majura Park: peak express routes will be planned for commuters to provide fast services.

b. Fyshwick: Red Rapid transit services will provide 15 minutes or better frequent services, throughout the day, from Gungahlin to Fyshwick. The travel time will be minimised by constructing a bus lane on Canberra Avenue and Flemington Road.

c. Hume: assess the potential public transport demand and consider in the Network 13 planning.

d. Campbell: coordinated services with the Red Rapid linking Russell.

In the longer term:

a. Canberra Airport and Majura Park: peak express routes with direct and fast services. Additional frequent services (15 minute) from City coordinated with segregated, rapid and frequent public transport between Gungahlin to City may be considered.

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