Bus network still in chaos with no solutions in sight

Canberrans deserve fast and reliable bus services, but Andrew Barr’s distracted and ego-driven government has failed to deliver, Shadow Transport Minister Candice Burch said.
Labor’s cuts to hundreds of bus stops and services means more Canberrans are struggling with extended travel times, longer waits and frequent transfers.
Today, Miss Burch is moving another motion calling on Transport Minister Chris Steel to fix the failings plaguing the bus network to restore trust in our public transport network.
“Since my last motion in August, bus patronage has dropped in Belconnen, Woden and Tuggeranong, customer satisfaction has fallen, and service reliability is well below the acceptable levels,” Miss Burch said.
“Canberrans are yet to see any improvement in weekend service reliability or frequency, and the safety of school children is still a major concern for parents.
“School students have not flocked to public buses to get to and from school, the elderly have become isolated in their homes, and nobody in the suburbs is able to get around our territory on weekends.
“Mr Steel has been in the job five months now and has quickly become part of the problem.
“In 12 months, we’ve had two Transport Ministers, two Transport Networks, but zero solutions to the bus network issues that have failed Canberrans all over the territory.
“The Government must end the network chaos now by restoring dedicated school services, reliable suburban weekend bus routes, Xpresso services for Tuggeranong and Belconnen residents, and the 752 bus stops cut earlier this year,” Miss Burch said.