Buses prioritized to ease Adelaide congestion


Plans to prioritize Adelaide’s bus services have been unveiled as part of the city council’s proposed Integrated Movement Strategy (IMS)

Buses prioritized to ease Adelaide congestion
Buses prioritized to ease Adelaide congestion

May 1, 2012

Plans to prioritize Adelaide’s bus services have been unveiled as part of the city council’s proposed Integrated Movement Strategy (IMS).

Mayor Stephen Yarwood recently unveiled the 10-year proposal, which he says will tackle increasing car congestion by giving priority to public transport, pedestrians and cyclists.

"Imagine 10 percent fewer cars from more bus use, 10 percent fewer cars from more people cycling, and 10 percent fewer cars from more people walking," Stephen says.

"That’s a lot less cars in the city, making it much easier for those people who do need to drive to get around."

Planning, Transport and Infrastructure CEO Rod Hook has voiced his support for the council draft, which he says is in line with government investment in public transport.

"It is timely now for bus priority to be placed on the public agenda," he says.

"If the community wants buses to run on time we have to deliver far greater priority for buses on the road network leading into and through the city."

Stephen says the cost of congestion to Australian Cities is set to rise from $9.5 billion in 2005 to $20.4 billion in 2020, according to a recent government report.

"As the Adelaide population moves toward 1.9 million, we need to think about how we’re going to handle an increase of at least 100,000 residents, workers, students and visitors traveling to and around the city every day," he says.

"More transport options will help the city run more effectively and fewer cars will ease congestion."

The draft consultation period closes on June 8.

An information session will be held on May 17 at Adelaide Town Hall, from 11.30-6.30pm.

Visit www.pictureadelaide.com.au to make draft submissions.


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