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(7) What support has Canberra Metro offered Mitchell businesses or the Mitchell Traders Association in response to the impact light rail has had on their businesses.

(8) If support has been offered, does Canberra Metro need the Government’s permission before it can offer support.

Ms Fitzharris: The answer to the member’s question is as follows:

(1) Public transport services in and around Mitchell comprise of weekday and weekend bus services. The services available on weekdays are Route 200, 58 via Flemington Road and Route 56 and 57 via Sandford Street, Brookes Street, Lysaght Street and Hoskins Street. The weekend services are Route 950 via Flemington Road and Route 956 and 958 via Sandford Street, Brookes Street, Lysaght Street and Hoskins Street.

(2) The only change to services in this area in the October 2017 bus network update is the introduction of the Route 200 to replace the Route 950 between Gungahlin and City. This will see service frequency increase from 30 minutes to 15 minutes. This service change has been introduced to ensure capacity requirements are met along the Flemington Road and Northbourne Avenue corridors.

(3) This is a matter for future determination.

(4) Transport Canberra is currently reviewing options for the Mitchell community as part of a proposed bus network redesign to complement light rail. These plans will be available for public consultation and implementation proceeding the introduction of light rail services in 2018.

(5) Please refer to the response to question (4).

(6) Support has been offered through the ACT Government funded Light Rail Business Link program, which is delivered by the Canberra Business Chamber. This program has offered individual business development support of up to six sessions, promotion of individual businesses and the Mitchell precinct during construction, and assistance in forming Traders Association.

(7) Stakeholder engagement staff from Canberra Metro have met with individual businesses in this catchment, and invited traders to Gungahlin precinct business forums. Canberra Metro have also installed Variable Message Signs (VMS) to facilitate easy navigation into Mitchell during construction.

(8) Canberra Metro is not required to seek permission from Transport Canberra and City Services (TCCS) for support activities performed in order to fulfil contractual responsibilities.

ACTION bus service—sustainability
(Question No 760)

Mr Coe asked the Minister for Transport and City Services, upon notice, on 22 September 2017:

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