Page 4025 - Week 13 - Tuesday, 17 November 2015

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MR RATTENBURY: Thank you, Madam Speaker. The point I was simply trying to make is that it is a source of frustration for me that those people who actually use the service are very satisfied but, unfortunately, there are perception issues around the ACTION bus network, often driven by stories emanating out of this place or stories that focus on the negative elements of the ACTION network. It is our job—

Mr Coe: On a point of order, if we could stop the clock, Madam Speaker—

MADAM SPEAKER: Yes, could you stop the clock.

Mr Coe: The question that Ms Lawder asked was simply about whether people are satisfied with the intertown bus services and not with ACTION in general.

MADAM SPEAKER: That reflects my notes on the question: what is the general satisfaction with the intertown bus service? I ask the minister, under standing order 118, to be directly relevant to the question.

MR RATTENBURY: I did, right at the start of my answer, provide a statistical number for members of the opposition. But we do not have a breakdown, to my knowledge, of asking people specifically about specific services.

Roads—Majura Parkway

DR BOURKE: My question is to the Minister for Roads and Parking. Minister, can you inform the Assembly about the opening of the bridge on the Majura Parkway?

MR GENTLEMAN: I thank Dr Bourke for his question. As members are aware, construction on the Majura Parkway commenced in February 2013 and is scheduled for completion by June 2016. Construction of the road carriageway works on Fairbairn Avenue to the Federal Highway interchange were completed earlier this year and opened to the public in May. This included the section of off-road path that is being built at the same time. In more recent times, construction works have focused on construction of the bridges over the Molonglo River and Fairbairn Avenue and the widening of Pialligo Avenue and Morshead Drive, including associated on-ramps.

The northbound Molonglo bridge was completed for two-way traffic on 11 November prior to the opening of IKEA on 16 November. The bridge across Fairbairn Avenue was also opened at this time; however, the southbound on-ramp from Fairbairn Avenue to the Majura Parkway is still under construction. The closure of Morshead Drive between Fairbairn Avenue and Pialligo Avenue will facilitate this construction as well as enabling the work on the Duntroon No 1 cricket oval to be progressed.

The opening event was great. I would like to thank the team at Roads ACT for the work that they put into its organisation. I was very happy to attend the inspection event with Anthony Albanese MP, who worked hard with the then Chief Minister, Katy Gallagher, to organise joint funding for the project back in 2012.

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