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Canberra's late night bus services back for Christmas

Christmas revellers are being encouraged to plan ahead and take advantage of special late-night bus services to the city's suburbs. 

Territory and Municipal Services Minister Shane Rattenbury launched ACTION's Nightrider bus services for 2014 on Monday, with operation set to begin from this weekend and last until New Year's Eve. 

Nightrider: New suburbs have been added to the service following consultation with the community.
Nightrider: New suburbs have been added to the service following consultation with the community. Photo: Graham Tidy

The 10 special services will run from the City Bus Station to all Canberra suburbs, dropping passengers off at the nearest passenger stop to their destination.

Tickets are $5 and MyWay cards cannot be used on board the Nightrider. 

Mr Rattenbury said 2014 was expected to be a busy festive season in the city.

The timetable has been tailored to include services for revellers, Canberrans attending Christmas parties in the city, late-night movie-goers and visitors to the world record attempt Christmas lights display in Petrie Plaza.

"It's great to see the service in operation for another year, providing people with a convenient, safe and reliable means to get home during the festive season," Mr Rattenbury said. 

"This year we have increased the number of buses to 10, which will mean more direct services to suburbs and a quicker journey home."

A community consultation period conducted earlier in the year has seen new suburbs added to the service, including in Gungahlin and Weston Creek.

Nightrider will operate between midnight and 3.45am on December 5 and 6, December 12 and 13, December 19 and 20 and on New Year's Eve.

Promotion will begin this week, including advertisements on television, radio, social media and the ACTION website.

On-the-ground promotion efforts in the city will include staff distributing information and timetables on nights when the service is operating.

"The Nightrider bus provides a convenient, reliable and safe option for people to get home using public transport late at night, particularly for those who have been drinking," Mr Rattenbury said. 

"I encourage Canberrans to leave the car at home this year for their festive celebrations and let Nightrider be your designated driver home."

Nightrider buses will depart from platform 7 at the City Bus Station and take passengers to all Canberra suburbs, stopping at the closest bus stop to passengers' final destinations.