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A Canberra politician claims the city’s bus fleet breaks down about once every five hours

August 18, 2011

The ACT Government Opposition has revealed a worrying state of the national capital’s bus fleet, providing evidence in a recent assembly sitting that Action Buses were breaking down on average every five hours.

ACT Opposition Transport Spokesman Alistair Coe says bus breakdowns have increased markedly over the past year.

"It’s unacceptable for Canberrans to be paying so much for an unreliable and infrequent bus service," Coe says.

"Last financial year, ACTION buses broke down more than 1400 times, which equates to a breakdown every five hours they’re in operation."

Coe says Canberra taxpayers hand over $321 each year for ACTION buses, whether or not they use the service.

"This is a significant taxpayer contribution towards a service that is still so poorly managed by the Government," he says.

"I urge ACT Labor to make tangible changes to improve the efficiency of the ACTION network and to ensure taxpayer dollars aren’t misspent."

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