As Canberra grows, the ACT Government will keep our city moving by investing in better transport infrastructure. The 2019-20 ACT Budget will invest in more buses, progress our light rail network, build better roads to ease congestion and upgrade key intersections to help keep Canberrans safe and moving around our city quickly.
Better public transport for our growing city
Canberra is already better connected with our new public transport network of light rail, rapid buses and more local routes. We will continue to build on this network with a more modern bus fleet, new integrated ticketing system and extending light rail from the City to Woden.
The Budget will help bring light rail to Woden as quickly as possible by progressing the detailed design, planning and enabling works for stage two from the City to Woden.
We will start work on a new Woden Bus Interchange that will integrate with light rail, to ensure the project keeps moving ahead while we progress route design and approvals from the other end.
The new interchange will feature more comfortable shelters, modern passenger information displays and ticketing machines, accessible footpaths and cycle facilities, security systems and safer transiting between the future light rail on Callam Street and the rapid bus network.
We will also build a new park and ride facility on Well Station Drive in Gungahlin to support the record numbers of people using light rail in Canberra’s north since it launched in April this year.
Through the Budget we will purchase 84 new modern and fuel-efficient buses to improve accessibility and passenger comfort, and increase reliability on the new public transport network. The new buses will be added to the fleet on a rolling basis so we can continue to adopt low-emissions vehicles into our fleet as they become available.
And we will continue to progress planning for a new contemporary ticketing system for use on bus and light rail to replace the MyWay system, which will make it even easier for people to use public transport in the future.
Better roads and safer intersections
The ACT Government is continuing to build an even better road network to keep Canberrans safe and moving.
We’re helping cut travel times for people in Belconnen, Woden and Tuggeranong by delivering the full duplication of Athllon Drive, William Hovell Drive and the major arterial road between Belconnen and Gungahlin. These works will also include active travel upgrades.
We are starting the second tranche of work to replace bottleneck intersections along the Monaro, working towards a consistent and safe 100km/h highway.This includes the design and construction of significant intersections improvements along this corridor between Pialligo Avenue in the North and new overtaking lanes at the ACT border in the South.
This budget invests in two signalised intersections in Belconnen at Southern Cross Drive and Starke Street and Belconnen Way and Springvale Drive.
We will signalise the Kent Street and Novar Street intersections to improve traffic flow for commuters travelling from Weston Creek to the City as well as residents and businesses in Yarralumla and Deakin. As part of these works we will also improve the pedestrian and bike paths through this intersection.
With Woden’s population growing, we will signalise the Launceston Street and Irving Street intersection and make safety improvements to the Furzer Street and Launceston Street intersection.
We will also deliver additional safety upgrades at Sulwood Drive to support the new carpark at Mount Taylor, including road widening and a turning bay. And we will undertake a scoping study on how to make the Hume Circle roundabout at Wentworth Avenue and Canberra Avenue safer.
We had an election commitment to deliver an additional $6 million for road resealing. We will exceed that commitment, by adopting a preventative resealing model and ensuring at least five per cent of the territory’s road network is resealed every year.
This Budget boosts Canberra’s transport networks with better connections between town centres by public transport and road, better buses, safer intersections and increased capacity. Investing in our transport networks now will help keep Canberrans moving as our city grows.