ACT bus stop repair

A program to fix all uneven ACT bus stop platforms and footpaths by 2022 is underway

ACT bus stop repair
Bus stop platforms across the ACT will be repaired to provide easier access for people with limited mobility

Bus passengers with mobility issues will benefit from upgrades to bus stops in ACT.

Uneven footpaths and concreting at and around bus stops create problems for people trying to catch buses, but ACT minister for roads and parking Mick Gentleman says 21 bus stops in Fadden and Wanniassa will be upgraded.

"These works are part of a larger project to improve accessibility for bus users with mobility difficulties at over 3000 bus stops around Canberra," he says.

The majority of work will be focused on Bugden Avenue in Fadden, with 14 stops to be improved.

 "This program of works will see seniors and people other people with mobility restrictions benefit from upgrades to existing transport infrastructure. At these sites in particular, footpaths will be upgraded to improve access to bus stops," Gentleman says.

"To date, around 1950 bus stops have been made accessible, which accounts for about 67 per cent of all bus stops in the ACT."

Bus stop upgrades conducted to bus stops in the ACT as part of this program will also include ground re-surfacing for vision impaired bus users and enlarged flat concrete waiting areas, with urgent attention payed to bus stops near hospitals and rest homes.

"Priority is being given to bus stop near aged care facilities, hospitals and other areas with a high concentration of senior citizens or people with mobility restrictions," Gentleman says.

"The aim is to make sure people with mobility restrictions are not discriminated against by a lack of suitably accessible facilities.

The works will involve temporary closures to some footpaths and nature strips.

The project will ensure the ACT is compliant with the Federal Government’s Disability Discrimination Act.

"We are committed to 100 per cent compliance by 2022, a target we are well on the way to achieving," Gentleman says.

The ACT Government has contributed $6.5 million to bus stop upgrades to meet disability standards since July 2012.

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