[SA] Greater efficiency expected with Bakewell Underpass opening

By: Chris Smith

Adelaide’s bus network is expected to be more efficient and easier to use when the Bakewell Underpass opens to traffic

Adelaide’s bus network is expected to be more efficient and easier to use when the Bakewell Underpass opens to traffic this week.

Transport Minister Patrick Conlon says the opening coincides with service changes designed to improve on time running, and the release of brand new user-friendly timetables.

"The opening of the $41 million Bakewell Underpass presents us with a fantastic opportunity to maximise the efficiency of the bus network and update our printed timetables," he says.

"Bakewell will see a saving of between five and eight minutes per bus trip on Henley Beach Road — time we have been able to invest in other routes on the network."

"This is the first of a series of measures implemented to give buses priority at key locations and the initiatives will be complemented by new look, user friendly printed timetables."

The service changes will deliver four brand new Go-Zones (15 minute frequency) taking the total to 40 across the network.

On other routes with very low, or in some cases zero patronage, services will be redistributed to busier routes, cutting waiting times and subsequently improving both on time running and passenger comfort.

After more than a decade since the look of printed timetables was updated, extensive market testing based on local, national and international experiences, had delivered a brand new design.

It will deliver more manageable and relevant information in an easy to read format that will ultimately make it easier to travel on the public transport network.

An information campaign around service changes and new printed timetables has run for several months.

The timetables have been available online and from the Adelaide Metro InfoCentre and Adelaide Railway Station from Wednesday 12 December 2007. InfoBars have stocked timetables from Wednesday 19 December 2007.

"Commuters and related stakeholders will be engaged including Federal, State and Local Government representatives, effected schools and special interest groups," Conlon says.

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