Transport (3387 Stories)

Brindabella Airlines singing with the choir invisible

By 16 December 2013

The ABC confirms that troubled local carrier Brindabella Airlines is in fact a dead parrot:
Up to 140 staff at Brindabella Airlines have been stood down after the regional carrier went into receivership.
Staff have been told they will not be receiving any redundancy payments.
The Canberra-based airline is millions of dollars in debt and is now [...]

Traffic accident notifications in Canberra?

By 16 December 2013

Is there any government / police / other website out there that posts traffic updates re delays because of road closures, roadworks or accidents?

Tuggeranong Parkway Speeding cameras?

By 14 December 2013

Tonight I was in a rush around 2am and I was coming from gungahlin/mitchell to woden. I was speeding but I thought there was only 2 speeding cameras (3k before woden turn off & 500m after woden turn off)
Is there one near gungahlin/mitchell and around where? I didn’t see any flashes at all.
I [...]

And your Christmas goverment services will be…

By 13 December 2013

If, God help you, government services are essential to you this Christmas you’d better get reading on what’s available.
The lazy bastards at ACTION will be going to reduced services from Monday 23 December.
Taking into account the weekends before and after they’re largely taking off from 21 December to 6 January despite there only being 3 [...]

More Brindabella Airlines planes grounded

By 13 December 2013

The ABC reports that CASA has again taken to the troubled Brindabella Airlines with a big stick:
The Civil Aviation Safety Authority has grounded another six planes belonging to a regional airline due to concerns about lax maintenance.
The Canberra-based Brindabella Airlines is not allowed to use the aircraft until a maintenance review is carried out.
It [...]

Road Closures for Ironman event on Sunday

By 13 December 2013

From the invincible TAMS:
The ACT Government wishes to advise motorists and other road users of an upcoming road closure in for the Ironman 70.3 Canberra 2013 event.
The following closures will occur from 6.30 am to 1.30 pm on Sunday 15 December 2013:
– Parkes Way westbound between Kings Avenue and Glenloch Interchange
– Coppins Crossing [...]

Gungahlin Drive delays warns TAMS

By 12 December 2013

Expect some possble delays if you take Gungahlin Drive home.
Motorists and other road users are advised Roads ACT is this afternoon finalising road surfacing repairs to a short section of the northbound lanes on the Gungahlin Drive Extension just past the bridge over the Barton Highway.
Two of the three northbound lanes will be closed [...]

No more white Commodores

By 11 December 2013

The Deputy Prime Minister has just informed the House that Holden will be closing Australian operations by 2017.
For the many, many Canberrans who have enjoyed the antics of white Commodore drivers over the years it is a black day.
What will take its place?

Toot! Toot! Simon seeking light rail experts

By 11 December 2013

Simon Corbell is having a busy day and is putting out the call for experts to help build Capital Metro:
“The Capital Metro Agency will be seeking experts in transport planning, engineering design and light rail operations to further develop the details of the project so that it can move towards the procurement phase in 2015,” [...]

Take it easy on the way to the coast

By 10 December 2013

Members of the Kings Highway Road Safety Partnership are urging motorists not to rush these holidays when travelling on the Kings Highway. Eurobodalla Shire Council, a member of the partnership formed six years ago, fully supports the need for motorists to slow down and drive to the conditions.
“For the past three summers, drivers are [...]

Where next for the Comcar fleet?

By 10 December 2013

Government News is indulging in some speculation on what the next generation of comcars will be if Holden closes down Australian manufacturing.
In particular what will the treasured Prime Ministerial C-1 be?
If the “buy Australian” imperative goes where would the value for money proposition lie for the lordlings on the hill?

Your re-sealed roads are rubbish!

By 10 December 2013

Gee, it seems we Canberrans will cop anything – even the rubbish they call road re-sealing. You see (hear and feel) all the loose aggregate (stones) and you think ‘oh, this is temporary, they’ll be back to put the proper bitumen coat on’. But they don’t. So our streets now resemble something worse than you’ll [...]

Brindabella Airlines

By 9 December 2013

There’s been a lot of grief about Brindabella Airlines among regional NSW users. For the last 3 weeks, we have had abrupt cancellations, and inappropriate rescheduling.
By inappropriate rescheduling, I mean, receiving an SMS on Saturday afternoon about a flight change from Monday morning to Monday evening. With customer service phones only working from Monday to [...]

The bridge formerly known as red goes in

By 7 December 2013 FEATURED ARTICLE

For decades to come visitors to Canberra will be confused by reference to “The Red Bridge” which is clearly grey.
Another John has sent in these images of the construction down Molonglo Reach:
Cycling round da lake gonna be back to normal soon
If these here photos are anything to go by.
It’ll be a shame knowing that we, [...]

Sections of Lady Denman Drive closed this Sunday due to Triathalon

By 6 December 2013

More useful info from TAMS:
The ACT Government wishes to advise motorists and other road users of a road closure on Sunday as part of the Triathlon ACT December Festival 2013.
A section of Lady Denman Drive between Clunies Ross Street and Forrest Drive will be closed from 6 am to 12.30 pm on Sunday 8 [...]

City Bus Station closed on Sunday

By 6 December 2013

A quick FYI from Tams:
Reminder: The City Bus Station will be closed all day on Sunday 8 December 2013, weather permitting, to allow for essential maintenance work including new road line-marking and signage replacement.
All services will continue to run to the Sunday timetable, but no services will arrive or depart from the City Bus [...]

Re-Roadworks on Cotter Road?

By 6 December 2013

Hey Rioters,
I have not seen another thread regarding this, forgive me if this is a re-post. I am wondering if anyone else has noticed that the recent ripping up of the Cotter road / Streeton drive intersection and surrounding roads, has included ripping up nearly 100 metres of recently upgraded roadway. I’m specifically talking about [...]

Ginninderra Drive Speeding Camera Direction?

By 5 December 2013

I was driving along Coulter Drive turning right onto Ginninderra drive.
I was quite tired at the time and didn’t see when it went orange and simply thought I could make it and wasn’t familiar with the area.
I definitely ran it when it was red (a second after it went red) as I didn’t [...]

Politics trumps hard-headed reason on bicycle helmets

By 4 December 2013 FEATURED ARTICLE

By Chris Rissel, University of Sydney
For a few hours, late last week, it looked like Queensland could become the first Australian state to start relaxing its strict bicycle helmet laws.
After months of careful review of the evidence, a state parliamentary committee backed the need for A new direction for cycling in Queensland, releasing a 200-page [...]

No bus interchange this Sunday

By 4 December 2013

TAMS have advised that the Civic Bus Interchange is getting some roadworks this Sunday and they’ll be running the Sunday schedule out of the Northbourne bus stops:
The City Bus Station will be closed all day on Sunday 8 December 2013, weather permitting, to allow for essential maintenance work including new road line-marking and signage replacement. [...]

Barr celebrates his capital works spending

By 3 December 2013

Andrew Barr is making sure we all know about his capital works expenditure:
In 2012-13, the Government spent $579 million to deliver important infrastructure for the community. This is $16 million more than the outcome estimated in the 2012-13 Budget Review of $563 million.
This report demonstrates the ability of the ACT Government to deliver upon [...]

ACTION’s yellow bus stop posts find a new life

By 3 December 2013 FEATURED ARTICLE

TAMS are letting us know what they plan to do with the iconic yellow bus stop markers that have adorned Canberra’s bus stops for decades as they give way to NXTBUS posts:
Vases, carver’s mallets, sculptures and the legs of a workbench are some of the pieces the old ACTION wooden bus posts are being ‘turned’ [...]

Barry Drive Lane Closure today

By 29 November 2013

Probably a bit late for most of your morning commutes, but here’s some info for those of you who use Barry Drive:
The ACT Government wishes to advise motorists and other road users that the Belconnen bound lanes of Barry Drive will be closed between Northbourne Avenue and Marcus Clarke Street from 9.30 am today for [...]

Alcohol and drug roadside testing laws strengthened

By 28 November 2013

Simon Corbell announced new legislation to strengthen roadside drug and alcohol testing laws today.
The Road Transport (Alcohol and Drugs) Amendment Bill 2013 seeks to reduce the incidence of drink and drug driving by strengthening the powers and ability of police to enforce drink and drug driving laws.
“Among the amendments made by the Bill is [...]

Free buses for seasonal drunks!

By 28 November 2013

Shane Rattenbury has dramatically announced that there will be no cost at all to ride the NightRider buses this year:
“To build on the success of the ACTION Nightrider bus service, and in recognition of the important role it plays for late night transport and safety, I have decided to trial the service for free this [...]

Angle Crossing open again

By 27 November 2013

The ACT Government wishes to advise motorists and other road users that Angle Crossing is now reopen.
The road had been closed due to heavy rainfall and high water levels.
For more information on road closures please call Canberra Connect on 13 22 81.
[Courtesy TAMS]

TOOT TOOT! Light Rail the Universal Panacea!

By 27 November 2013

Simon Corbell is blowing his own steam whistle on the virtues of his consultation for the planned Capital Metro line between Gungahlin and Civic.
And my golly gosh won’t it fix a load of things:
“Capital Metro is not just about moving people. It is a catalyst for realising the vision of a sustainable, modern and creative [...]

The Barton Putting Highway?

By 27 November 2013

On the 6th of November at 7:50am I was driving along the Barton Highway when my car was struck by a golf ball from the golf course that runs alongside there.
Given that I was driving in the left lane at the limit of 80kmph and (being Canberra) had someone tailgating me, I had little choice [...]

ACTION buses the cleanest in the country

By 27 November 2013

Don’t be alarmed, I mean in terms of emissions standards. If you’re like me after reading the above statement you probably immediately started to worry about the hygiene standards of the rest of Australia’s busses if ACTION turned out to be the gold standard, but don’t worry.
Different thing.
Shane Rattenbury today announced ACTION new busses will [...]

Have some thoughts on Kaleen and Wanniassa street improvements?

By 26 November 2013

Shane Rattenbury ask asked for feedback on the proposed changes to Maribyrnong Avenue in Kaleen and Sternberg Crescent in Wanniassa.
Go check out what’s what and get back to Shane on it. If sure the Hive mind here will have a few suggestions.
“Traffic calming schemes are a proven road safety treatment. Canberra’s residential neighbourhoods should, as [...]

Whole hundreds cry out for a pedestrian crossing at Trinity Christian School

By 26 November 2013 FEATURED ARTICLE

We’re still waiting to hear back from Trinity Christian School about their disabled parking arrangements.
But more recently, this time last month, the Liberals started making noise about their desire for a pedestrian crossing over McBryde Crescent.
One of our readers had some interesting things to say on the subject:
#3 taninaus
7:53 am, 25 Oct 13
drove past there [...]

Tourist Drives dead?

By 26 November 2013

Upon reading the article about the Canberra Tracks, it has occurred to me that not a lot of effort has been put into Canberra’s Tourist Drives for a few years.  
I noticed they are no longer signposted as they used to be as well as not being advertised as they were since the 90s.
Anyone [...]

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