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Work will soon start on preparing the Woden Interchange for its transformation into an integrated hub for both light rail Stage 2 and the bus network.
Chief Minister Andrew Barr will announce, as part of his State of the Territory address to the Canberra Business Chamber today, that Woden bus station would be significantly improved to accommodate better connections with a future light rail corridor, including new customer shelters and modern passenger information displays and ticketing machines.
The ACT Budget in June will allocate funding for detailed design work in 2019-20 and provision construction funding in the following years.
“The ACT Government is committed to bringing light rail from the city to Woden. While planning and approvals continue, we are doing what we can now to deliver this project as soon as possible”, the Chief Minister will tell the Chamber.
“Canberra is already better connected with our new network of light rail Stage One and more buses more often – this project is the next step in our public transport evolution.
“More people will move more often through a modern, safe, attractive public transport interchange in the heart of the Woden Town Centre.”
Pedestrians and cyclists will not be left out.
“We will continue to improve pedestrian and cycle access throughout the Woden Town Centre, ensuring Woden becomes an accessible transport hub for South Canberra,” he will tell the Chamber.
Minister for Transport, Meegan Fitzharris said the new Woden Interchange would include new customer shelters, modern passenger information displays and ticketing machines, accessible footpaths and cycle facilities, security systems as well as easy and safe transition between the future light rail on Callam Street and the rapid bus network.
Detailed design will take place over the coming year alongside route planning for Stage 2 of light rail to Woden, with construction expected to commence from 2020-21.
“We’re already seeing Canberrans embracing light rail as a modern, frequent way to travel within our growing city,” she said.
“Investing in a new modern transport interchange will support the renewal of Woden as a destination to work, live, play and visit.
“We can see in the City Interchange how light rail combined with frequent bus services can help people connect and move with ease through our public transport network.”
Ms Fitzharris said work would begin shortly and the designs would be subject to community and stakeholder consultation.
This article first appeared on the-riotact.com
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