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Govt ponders Main North Road bus lane

Monday, 23 September 2013
Author: Liam Mannix, Indaily

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A dedicated bus lane in the centre of Main North Road has been considered by the State Transport Department in a bid to get public transport commuters to the city faster.

But the department looks set to prefer option B - rerouting some city bus services from the northern suburbs so they no longer travel to the city down Main North Road and through North Adelaide.

Instead, the buses would terminate at Mawson Lakes train station, where commuters would switch from the bus to the train.

The option has been flagged by a senior public transport official, who says the department's current system of running bus routes parallel to train lines is inefficient.

Bill Fragoulis, executive director of Public Transport Services at the Department of Planning Transport and Infrastructure, told a public transport forum last week his team had considered the single mid-road bus lane because Main North Road wasn't wide enough to convert the far left and far right lanes to bus priority lanes.

"There has been thought of a bus priority lane traveling in the big (to-city) direction down the centre of Main North Road, because Main North Road doesn't lend itself to putting the bus priority lane in, it'll stop car movement," he said.

"Main North Road from Stop 17 Sefton Park... is where you start to hit trouble I think. And then you get to O'Connell Street and it's just gridlock."

The north-south bus routes have been a continual problem for the Department and for Transport Services Minister Chloe Fox. Only 69.5 per cent of buses on the northern-suburbs-to-city route ran on time, according to the last bus performance figures.

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