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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2018 Week 08 Hansard (Wednesday, 15 August 2018) . . Page.. 2976 ..

Janice said:

My work moved to Civic … Upon hearing of the new times and routes, I will not be using the bus service any more. I leave home at 7.10am and arrived home at 6.10pm every day but this new service will mean I will need to leave at 6am and not get home until after 7pm.

John from Chisholm said that he wanted:

… to share my thoughts with you about the proposed axing of the 765/767 Expresso service. The proposed network is a DISASTER for me …

Stuart said:

I am a father of two school age children in the Brindabella electorate. I have grave concerns over the proposed changes to the school bus routes in and around Canberra, in particular to/from St Mary Mackillop College.

Parents at Trinity Christian School in Wanniassa have also contacted me. The school has sent them information saying that safety on public buses was their first concern. The email said:

We hope that the government will be implementing strategies so that the School and parents can be assured of students’ safety whilst travelling on public transport but we are unsure how this can be effectively managed.

The second point was in regards to the cancellation of public buses. We understand that currently, where there is an occasional bus driver shortage on a given day due to illness, school buses are not cancelled whilst public buses may be cancelled without notice …

This clearly means that students will have a good deal further to walk to catch their bus. This is understood to be for both public and school bus routes.

One parent has sent me an email about students at Trinity Christian School, and I think it is probably similar to the concerns of many students in the Lanyon Valley. She said:

So basically, if I wanted my kids to catch the bus they would have to get to Lanyon Marketplace (2.5km away and across major roads) and then catch another bus (or walk home). Which is pretty—

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because one of the reasons we purchased our house was because it was in close proximity to a bus stop. I feel more comfortable with making my children wait for 30+ minutes at school for me to pick them up on the way home from work, than them spending time waiting around at public bus stops/interchanges for connecting buses.

Basically anyone in Gordon, Banks, Conder only has Lanyon Marketplace as their stop for school buses which is 4+km away for some students—

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