Canberrans continue to face uncertainty over new bus network

Labor’s bus cuts has created uncertainty for Canberra schools and families, Shadow Transport Minister Candice Burch said.

Transport Minister Meegan Fitzharris’ failure to tell the community when the overhaul of the bus network will take effect is making it difficult for Canberra commuters to plan for next year’s travel needs.

Today in the Legislative Assembly, Miss Burch will call on the government to release timetables for the new network, and to provide a definitive commencement date before the end of this school year.

“This uncertainty is having a detrimental impact on schools across Canberra,” Miss Burch said.

“School communities don’t know whether the new network will commence before, or during, term 1 in 2019. Some Canberra Principals are considering changing school start times in order to ensure children can arrive at school on time.

“To do this, they need the bus timetables and they need time to advise parents of possible changes. Minister Fitzharris is putting schools in a very difficult position.

“Parents still don’t know the frequency and timing of the public buses they are being forced to put their kids on as a result of Labor’s bus cuts. They do not know how long their kids will need to wait at school or at interchanges for their buses to arrive.

“It’s pretty clear that a lot of the uncertainty around rolling out the new network comes down to delays to light rail.

“The Minister must provide clarity to Canberra commuters as a matter of urgency,” Miss Burch concluded.