Belconnen Way bus lane to reduce travel times

By: Graham Gardiner


A new bus lane in Canberra – on Belconnen Way, on the city bound approach to the intersection with Barry

A new bus lane in Canberra – on Belconnen Way, on the city bound approach to the intersection with Barry Drive – will reduce travel times for bus patrons travelling from Belconnen to the city.

Chief Minister and Minister for Transport, Jon Stanhope, says the bus lane has been coloured a distinctive red and signs have been installed to advise motorists of the new traffic arrangements.

"The Belconnen to city bus route is one of the busiest in the ACT with over 300 buses using it during peak periods," he says.

"The new bus lane will reduce travel times to the city, particularly during peak travel times, by giving buses a priority run through this busy section to Barry Drive.

"The bus lane is part of the ACT Government's commitment to fund bus priority improvements on heavily trafficked bus routes."

Further works, to commence next year, will see the bus lane extended to link with the existing bus lane approaching the intersection of Barry Drive and Clunies Ross Street.

These works will involve road and bridge widening and are expected to cost $2.5 million.

"The ACT Government will continue to invest in enhancing the ACT's bus services to encourage more Canberrans to make the switch and leave the car at home," Stanhope says.

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