Extra buses to Skyfire and free services home

Released 17/03/2016

Canberrans heading to Skyfire this Saturday are urged to avoid parking hassles by catching one of ACTION’s special Skyfire services to and from the event.

ACTION buses, in partnership with Hit 104.7, will provide additional services to take Canberrans to Lake Burley Griffin with free chartered return services to major bus stations afterwards.

“Over the years it has become a tradition for many locals to see the fireworks by the lake and ACTION will once again assist people to get to and from the big event with services operating from all major bus stations,” Ian McGlinn, Acting Director, Public Transport said.

“Two special Skyfire services Routes 992 (Tuggeranong departure) and 994 (Gungahlin departure) as well as the Inter-town Blue Rapid 900 (Tuggeranong depature) will all take you directly to bus stops on Commonwealth Avenue at Regatta Point and Albert Hall. As regular fares will apply on these services, I encourage everyone to plan ahead and get a MyWay card to pay the cheapest fare.

“The 900 Blue Rapid and 994 services will run from 3.40 pm till 6.30 pm every 15 minutes with ACTION’s 992 service leaving every 20 minutes from 3.30 pm till 6.30 pm to take event goers to Lake Burley Griffin.

“Residents from all other parts of Canberra can take a number of regular services into the City, Woden or Belconnen and transfer onto a Blue Rapid 900 to take them to Skyfire.

“Getting home will also be easy with free charted buses from the event to major bus stations. These services will depart regularly from both the Regatta Point bus stops on Commonwealth Avenue and Langton Crescent, Parkes (Treasury Building car park) following the event from 8.45pm.

“With the extra Skyfire services the ACTION team are delivering, it will be easy to leave the car at home and catch a bus. The ACT Government is committed to delivering a transport system that is convenient, efficient, affordable and reliable,” Mr McGlinn said.

For more information on ACTION’s Skyfire services visit www.action.act.gov.au or call 13 17 10.
Parking

The National Capital Authority will be enforcing parking regulations for the duration of the event and encourage the public to park legally to avoid the risk of being issued an infringement notice. It is an offence under the National Land (Road Transport) Ordinance 2014 to park a vehicle on Open Space such as footpaths, grassed and landscaped areas. Limited parking will be available at the Russell precinct and off Constitution Avenue including Anzac Park East and West, Reid CIT, Civic Pool and Capital Hill car parks. Parking is also available within the Parliamentary Zone.

Parkes Way road closure

There are several road closures in place on Saturday for Skyfire. From 6 am to 9.45 pm, Parkes Way will be closed westbound between Kings Avenue and Edinburgh Avenue (with the exception of buses and emergency vehicles). From 2 pm to 9.45 pm Parkes Way will be closed eastbound between Kings Avenue and Edinburgh Avenue (with the exception of buses and emergency vehicles).

For more information on all road and car park closures, visit www.nationalcapital.gov.au

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