The Canberra Liberals’ Gungahlin to City Infrastructure Plan will be almost 10 minutes faster than the proposed tram. We will build new infrastructure to make buses faster and get buses and bicycles in their own lane. This will free-up general traffic lanes for cars along Northbourne Ave.
The infrastructure will enable:
- A faster journey from Gungahlin, Belconnen and the Inner North
- Bus bays to allow for non-stop buses to pass
- A safer journey for cyclists
- Retention and planting of trees and enhanced pedestrian facilities
- Traffic light sequencing
About the plan
A Canberra Liberals Government will deliver a rapid transit corridor and additional road capacity on Northbourne Avenue, the Federal Highway and Flemington Road that will be faster than trams, at a fraction of the cost, Shadow Minister for Transport Alistair Coe said today.
“Our common sense solution involves dedicated bus infrastructure, safe cycle lanes and additional road lanes that will combine for seamless and efficient transport. With the infrastructure we’re proposing, express buses will travel from Gungahlin to the City in 17 minutes, almost 10 minutes faster than trams,” Mr Coe said.
“These exciting plans include:
“Our current plan is for the bus lanes on Northbourne Avenue to be kerbside; however, a Canberra Liberals Government will seek expert engineering advice as to whether a median aligned bus lane would be a better option. Regardless of the alignment, the dedicated bus lanes will allow for less than 30 minute commutes by bus at peak hour from every Gungahlin suburb.
“The Canberra Liberals would seek to task the Canberra Metro Consortium to undertake this work, rather than a tram. We’re budgeting $58 million for these works, which includes a significant contingency.
“This comprehensive infrastructure plan for the Northbourne corridor will save the ACT over a billion dollars and provide a better transport solution,” Mr Coe concluded.