An improved weekend bus network offering more regular route services on Saturdays will commence from 10 October. This is phase 1 of a series of planned increases for weekend services.
There will now be an increase of 210 services on weekends, including increased frequency on local routes to hourly or better on Saturdays from 6:00 am – 12:00 pm.
Additional to the weekend increases, minor changes will be made to local routes and a number of the dedicated school services starting Monday 12 October. Some of these changes include adjusting the service connections, adding more stops and adjusting route timing to better accommodate school bell times. These changes are part of the continuous improvements made following the community feedback we have received.
Phase 1 of the weekend service increases were planned for implementation in April this year. However, due to the COVID 19 pandemic, the network improvements were placed on hold while Transport Canberra responded to the public health emergency.
As a result, bus driver recruitment and training were reduced and the increases to weekend services were unable to be implemented along with the broader network changes on 18 July.
In recent months there has been significant work to recruit more bus drivers to ensure the weekend uplift can be delivered reliably.
Transport Canberra has delivered 99.9% of all scheduled weekend bus services and met its target of 99.5% every weekend. This has continued since the first increase to weekend bus services as part of improvements to bus services across Canberra from Saturday 18 July 2020.
When will it change?
Phase 1 of the weekend increases will commence from Saturday 10 October 2020. Minor changes to local routes and services for school students will commence from Monday 12 October 2020, first day of Term 4.
When will weekend timetables be available?
Timetable information is available now online with downloadable maps and PDFs. Passengers can find out more about how their journey will change by:
Changes to local routes and school services
Additional to the weekend increases further improvements to the broader network will be made which will see minor changes to local routes and a number of dedicated school services starting Monday 12 October. These changes were developed through consultation with schools, as well as feedback from parents’ groups, schools and individual families.
- School service 2069 (St Mary Mackillop, Trinity Christian School and Saint Anthony’s Primary School) will now travel via Erindale Interchange.
- School service 1031 (Campbell High School, St Thomas More’s Primary School and Campbell Primary School) will be extended to service up to stop 3252 on Knox Street Watson (PM service only).
- The school pack for Melba Copland College has been updated to reflect route 1045 servicing stop 4073 for the AM service and stop 4072 for the PM service.
- School services 1038, 1039, 1040, 1041, 1042, 1043, 1044, 1045 and 1046 will all provide service to St John the Apostle Primary School.
- School services 1050 and 1051 will no longer travel into Belconnen High school grounds following feedback from the school. The service will pick up and drop off students out the front of the school.
- School service 2054 Mount Stromlo High School will be adjusted to provide greater coverage of Denman Prospect.
- Route 59 will no longer divert via Sydney Avenue due to traffic congestion in the area.
- School diversion (s-trip) for route 31 will now start at St Michaels Primary School and then follow onto Kaleen Primary School to assist with traffic movement around the schools.
- New stops on Opperman Avenue will be serviced by route 66 and school service 2054. The addition of this stop to the network provides support to the growing suburb and access to the Stromlo Leisure Centre.
All families using public transport should plan their journey by: