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(3) Yes, more permanent improvements to control bus movements and increase the amenity of the area are being designed and will be consulted with adjacent residents. These designs include additional landscaping to reduce noise and improve the visual amenity of the area, along with new driveways and realigned footpaths to improve access.

(4) Yes. As part of the landscaping improvements, a pedestrian walking area will be incorporated into the design – with buses kept away from the nearby fencing and walking trail.

(5) At this stage only some areas of gravel will be replaced with asphalt. This is to allow for the removal and remediation of the site when the current capacity requirements are reduced.

(6) The existing facilities are currently operational and are supplemented by additional toilets that ensure compliant access for drivers during their breaks. The temporary facilities will remain until a new driver’s facility is constructed to replace the existing one.

(7) No consultation was undertaken with the adjacent residents prior to the implementation of the new bus network.

Transport Canberra has been in more regular communications with a number of residents directly adjacent to the facility in recent months. Their feedback has been included in the design of the improvements, which they will be consulted on prior to their implementation.

(8) Transport Canberra has a diverse bus fleet, however, generally when idling a (non-zero emissions bus) is less than 70 decibels.

(9) Yes, Transport Canberra has conducted a noise level assessment in the area. It should be noted that exemptions in the Environmental Protection Act allow buses to idle for up to 5 minutes at the facility.

Transport Canberra are working with drivers to ensure compliance, which has included driver information, staff videos and signage placed on site. In addition to these operational improvements, the proposed landscaping enhancements will assist with managing the noise from idling buses at this location.

(10) There are no specific mechanical reasons for buses to stay running, however, depending on the weather the vehicles can be affected by the heat or cold and require to be running in order to maintain cabin temperatures at appropriate levels for customers and the drivers.

Transport—ticketing systems
(Question No 3190)

Mrs Kikkert asked the Minister for Transport, upon notice, on 3 July 2020:

(1) In a letter to me dated 16 June 2020, the Minister stated that “Transport Canberra has installed ticketing vending machines at locations where there is high public transport

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