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Thursday, 1 November 2018

The Assembly met at 10 am.

(Quorum formed.)

MADAM SPEAKER (Ms J Burch) took the chair, made a formal recognition that the Assembly was meeting on the lands of the traditional custodians, and asked members to stand in silence and pray or reflect on their responsibilities to the people of the Australian Capital Territory.

Petition—ministerial response

The following response to a petition has been lodged:

Sunday ACTION timetable—petition 8-18

By Ms Fitzharris, Minister for Transport, dated 30 October 2018, in response to a petition lodged by Ms Le Couteur on 31 July 2018 concerning Sunday and public holiday bus timetables.

The response read as follows:

Thank you for your letter of 31 July 2018 regarding petition No 8-18 from Ms Caroline Le Couteur MLA about the Sunday and Public Holiday Bus Timetable.

Transport Canberra has designed a new integrated public transport network, with a focus on providing Canberrans with the most efficient, convenient and reliable public transport system possible.

Through two stages of consultation in 2017 and 2018 the Canberra community told us they want faster trip times, more frequent and reliable services, more direct routes, and increased services on weekends and evenings. More than 13,000 pieces of feedback were received during the second stage of consultation and Transport Canberra carefully considered all the feedback and made a number of key revisions before finalising the network.

The updated integrated public transport network, released earlier this month, seeks to address long standing barriers to using public transport, including the issues raised in the petition. The new network of buses and light rail will make it easier for Canberrans to get where they want to go, offering an alternative to driving, seven days a week. The seven day bus network will be more reliable and easier to use, with the same route numbers whether it is a Tuesday, a Sunday or a public holiday. There will be more services on weekends and public holidays and services will run later into the evening.

With the revised network now settled, Transport Canberra is finalising the timetable which will be published before the end of the year ahead of the start of the new network in early 2019. To further assist users of the network, Transport

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