O-Bahn lane open

Adelaide drivers are some of the first to benefit from a new bus priority lane for the O-Bahn

The first priority bus lane for the O-Bahn City Access Project has begun operating this week in another milestone for the project.

The city-bound bus lane in the centre of Hackney Road will begin operating from the first O-Bahn service tomorrow, as part of the $160 million project.

The priority lane between Richmond Street and the Dequetteville Terrace/North Terrace intersection will separate hundreds of O-Bahn buses each day from general traffic, providing a faster run and improving travel times.

Works for the new dedicated bus tunnel from Hackney Road to Grenfell Street have also recently begun, marking another major milestone for the project.

Transport and Infrastructure Minister Stephen Mullighan says Adelaide is already be seeing some of the benefits this project provides to more than 31,000 bus passengers and more than 79,000 vehicles.

"By removing buses from the rest of the traffic we are not only giving our most popular public transport network a better run, but we are also removing thousands of buses from the road corridor, freeing up space for more cars," he says.

"This project is about delivering more reliable service for our bus passengers, and faster journeys and fewer delays for all road users on this part of the Inner Ring Route."

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