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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2015 Week 05 Hansard (Thursday, 7 May 2015) . . Page.. 1474 ..

buses from general traffic. Approximately 30 per cent of the city’s bus routes run along Constitution Avenue, so the cumulative effect of the improvements will be considerable. The user experience of a more reliable public transport network in this corridor will provide the opportunity to increase patronage, setting the foundations for future extension of light rail to Russell and beyond.

The introduction of temporary CCTV cameras at multiple locations along the corridor has enabled TAMS to monitor traffic flows as the construction moves through different stages. The impacts of these works can be monitored and adjustments can be deployed to the traffic signals to react to changes in traffic patterns and improve the flows. The evidence is visible in the reduced queuing and congestion from what was experienced in late 2014 when the arrangements were put in place.

To support these behind the scenes changes, the travelling public has been continually informed of changes as construction progresses, such as the recent notifications and media coverage associated with the temporary closure of access to the Legislative Assembly car park.

I conclude by suggesting that the Constitution Avenue project is more than the beautification of this city’s legacy avenue; it will deliver a high quality urban environment that will stimulate private investment and trigger the realisation of this city’s plan.

I present the following paper:

Constitution Avenue upgrade—Ministerial statement, 7 May 2015.

I move:

That the Assembly takes note of the paper.

MS FITZHARRIS (Molonglo) (10.45): I thank Minister Gentleman very much for his update. Like most of us in this building and who work in the immediate surrounds, I was very interested in the minister’s update on the Constitution Avenue upgrade. In this building we all have the unique daily experience of interaction with the road works, and it is reassuring to know that it is all in aid of what will be a fabulous addition to our city and an impressive entrance to our Assembly.

The minister outlined the background of the upgrade, its purpose and the temporary arrangements in place to facilitate the construction. I would like to take you through, in greater detail, the intended look and feel of the completed project.

The street furniture for Constitution Avenue has been designed to reflect the significance of the street in the local and national context by establishing real character for the avenue. The materials used to create the street furniture will include jarrah, brass and powder-coated steel to create a suite of elements which demonstrate the high quality aims for the avenue.

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