A Canberra-based steam locomotive, the largest and most powerful in Australia, will be operational thanks to an ACT Government grant to help it meet new national rail safety laws, Attorney-General, Simon Corbell, announced today.
The 265-tonne 6029 Beyer-Garratt steam locomotive is presently being restored by the Australian Railway Historical Society ACT Division. It is the [...]
This is the second of my three part series looking at the ACTION network 14. My first post focused on changes north of the lake. This write up focuses on changes Southside. Part three will hopefully be published early next week and will look at the changes to the weekend timetables.
Winners: Tourists will have easier access as [...]
So ACTION has released its long awaited Network 14. They are promising more buses that are more direct. This is being achieved by culling late night services with low patronage. This is the first ever network that has been designed using data from MyWay – an electronic ticketing system that tracks where you get on [...]
[ 20 August 2014 at 7:30 pm; ] The August meeting of the North Canberra Community Council will consider Dickson intersection improvements, an ‘omnibus’ Territory Plan Variation that will affect several sites including the former Downer School and the Cape Street Centre, and a proposal to build a car park on the wooded area adjacent to the Dickson swimming pool.
All interested north Canberra [...]
Talk of a bullet train between Canberra and Sydney has been bubbling away for some time now. How do these plans compare to light rail and which is more important to Canberra? We asked Damien Haas (Chair of ACT Light Rail) and Tim Bohm (President, Bullet Train for Australia Party) the following question and their [...]
I was surprised to find out that the trees and grass outside Dickson pool are being demolished for a temporary bitumen carpark.
This is a terrible shame. Once these big trees are gone they will never come back. If the carpark is temporary then why put down bitumen?
The location for this carpark is the corner of the intersection of Cowper and Antill [...]
In Saturday’s Panorama magazine, Chris Wallace suggested that Canberra would benefit from a ferry system (as transport as much as a tourist attraction), with ferries every 15 minutes in daylight hours to connect the National Museum, ANU, New Acton, the National Library and Gallery, Kingston Foreshore and Russell Hill.
In light of current debate over Canberra [...]
The development of Dickson reminds us how important it is to plan new developments around the needs of motorists now and into the future.
Science fiction writers and the concept car division at Toyota have exhausted themselves looking for alternative transport solutions. Robert Heinlein even proposed a network of rolling treadmill-like roadways moving at graduated speeds. [...]
ACT Policing is advising motorists that 40km/h speed limits will be enforced in school zones for the start of the new school term today (July 21).
Traffic Operations Superintendent Ben Cartwright said the restrictions are in place between 8am and 4pm and warns that motorists who chose to ignore them will face tough penalties.
“Children are our [...]
The opening today of the section of Horse Park Drive from Katherine Ave in Amaroo to Burrumurra Ave in Casey is the final major piece in the road network in Gungahlin, connecting to the Barton Highway and Federal Highway.
This section of road is an important part of the road network in North Canberra and will [...]
Matthew kindly sent in a link to an article in the Canberra Times which we missed amidst all the heated discussions over light rail, suggesting it may stimulate some good discussion.
Given all the conversations had in the past few weeks over public transport in the ACT, would this potentially provide any answers or [...]
More than 3,000 vulnerable Canberrans have been able to keep their drivers licences since the introduction of Infringement Notice Management Plans last year, Attorney-General, Simon Corbell, announced today.
“Prior to 24 May last year, there were very limited provisions to assist vulnerable people to manage outstanding motor vehicle infringement notices,” Mr Corbell said.
“If a motorist was [...]
Plans for Light Rail in Canberra have caused heated debate among our Rioters. A recent poll asking Are you in favour of Light Rail for Canberra? resulted in 48% voting No, 38% Yes, 11% Not Right Now and 6% On the Fence.
We asked former Chief Minister, Kate Carnell and Ex MLA, John Hargreaves ‘Do [...]
High quality applications submitted to the NRMA-ACT Road Safety Trust have resulted in a record allocation of almost $1m for 18 projects to support research and events which will benefit road safety in the ACT and region.
Chair Don Aitkin, AO was very enthusiastic about the overall quality of applications considered by the Trust. [...]
We’ve had no end of opinion and argument over Light Rail in recent weeks/months.
To set a bit more fuel to the fire we have asked John Hargreaves and former Chief Minister Kate Carnell to step into the ring for our first RiotACT Face Off and their first topic will be ‘Light Rail for [...]
A two-month campaign to target speeding in the ACT was launched today by Minister for Police and Emergency Services, Simon Corbell, and Chief Police Officer for the ACT, Rudi Lammers.
The Stop Pushing the Limits campaign will run throughout July and August 2014 and forms part of the ACT’s multi-agency road safety strategy. The campaign aims [...]
Early designs for the 12 kilometre light rail project from the city to Gungahlin will be available for comment on during the next six weeks as part of community engagement program that started with the opening of a pop-up shop by Minister for the Environment and Sustainable Development, Simon Corbell, yesterday.
The Capital Metro pop-up [...]
Further to damning report about the non-strategy of deploying speed cameras in the ACT, the Canberra times has now written an article to state that many of the speed cameras have been out of action for months/years, some of our most expensive speed camera’s aren’t even making a cent.
Ginninderra Drive and Coulter Drive in Florey [...]
Minister for Territory and Municipal Services Shane Rattenbury today encouraged Canberra commuters to take advantage of the convenient park and ride permit sites and bike and ride facilities.
“Park and ride makes it easier for Canberrans to get to commute each day. We’ve made the service easier to use by introducing three month permits to replace [...]
Minister for Territory and Municipal Services Shane Rattenbury, today announced the results of an evaluation of 40 km/h speed limit precincts in the Belconnen, City and Tuggeranong town centres. The precincts have been operating for one year.
Minister Rattenbury also announced the start of an investigation into additional slow speed precincts in Canberra.
“Forty kilometre speed limit [...]
The ACT government is seeking community views on lowering vehicle emissions with the release today of a Low Emission Vehicle Strategy discussion paper by Minister for the Environment and Sustainable Development, Simon Corbell.
“A key element of the government’s commitment to making our city a better place to live, work and do business is to make [...]
A Capital Metro local industry policy released today will pave the way for local businesses and local workers to take advantage of the 3,500 jobs that will be created during construction of the project.
Minister for the Environment and Sustainable Development, Simon Corbell, said the policy demonstrates the intent of the government to use the momentum [...]
Minister for Territory and Municipal Services, Shane Rattenbury, has announced a new ‘community transport’ initiative to better meet the transport needs of the aged, people with disabilities, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and other transport-disadvantaged Canberrans.
“In conjunction with the introduction of the bus network in the middle of this year, we will also pilot [...]
Those working or visiting in and around the Hyatt Hotel and Kingston will need to factor in parking costs from July 1.
Although the Parliamentary Triangle paid parking in Parkes, Barton, Russell and Acton is delayed until at least September, the ACT Government will proceed in the introduction of paid parking for the Hyatt and Kingston [...]
ACT Policing has arrested a 45-year-old NSW man following an incident of road rage in Mitchell this morning (Monday, June 16).
About 7.20am, the driver of a black station wagon rammed the vehicle into a white sedan a number of times on the Federal Highway near Exhibition Park. Both vehicles then stopped on Flemington Road, Mitchell, [...]
From tomorrow, drivers convicted of certain drink driving offences will be subject to a mandatory interlock condition after serving a period of driver licence disqualification, Attorney General, Simon Corbell said today at the launch of the ACT’s alcohol interlock program.
An alcohol interlock is an electronic breath testing device wired into the ignition of a vehicle [...]
I am one of the many people commuting from Gungahlin to Woden.
Currently the only option is to travel to City interchange and catch a bus to Woden interchange.
The buses are usually full and it takes more than an hour to reach Woden. A direct service to Woden from Gungahlin via Gungahlin Drive will be [...]
The ACT Institute of Architects annual award ceremony was held at the weekend. The event took place at the REX hotel – an interesting choice of venue to celebrate good design…
Simon Corbell announced the winners of the light rail station design ideas competition.
“I am very pleased that the ACT Chapter of the [...]
The paper on light rail commissioned by the Canberra Liberals chooses the most expensive construction method for the project and its use discredits the entire report, according to the Minister for the Environment and Sustainable Development, Simon Corbell.
The report is inaccurate, based on incorrect assumptions and does not stack up to rigorous assessment. It does [...]
“Second, the project is to be funded by a special land levy, charged on those properties that were judged by planners to receive an uplift in value from the installation of light rail. This quickly drew criticism from the Property Council of Australia who labelled it as yet another tax on an already strained sector.
Attorney-General, Simon Corbell, has urged Canberrans to be patient and drive safely this Queen’s birthday long weekend as double demerit points will be in force.
“From Friday 6 June till Monday 9 June double demerit points will apply to seatbelt offences and speeding drivers in the ACT and NSW,” Mr Corbell said.
“Speeding and neglecting to wear [...]