So just how bad is traffic going to get around the airport when their huge new factory outlet opens?
The following email has crossed my desk this morning:
Sent: Tuesday, 19 September 2006 10:22 AM
Subject: Canberra Airport – Traffic Volume New Brand Depot factory
Good morning all
The Canberra International Airport has sent out the following email to alert travellers of the increase volume of traffic around the airport area this weekend.
Details as follows:
This email is to advise you that with the opening of the Brand Depot factory outlet centre next week traffic volumes to and from the airport are expected to be extremely heavy.
Whilst we have been working very closely with ACT Policing and ACT Government on minimising the impact on the roads surrounding the airport, the demand to and from Brand Depot is likely to be such that we are expecting substantial delays on roads to and from the airport at peak times.
The expected impact times are as follows:
Thursday 21 September: from 4pm to 9pm
Friday 22 September: from 11am to 9pm
Saturday 23 September: from 8am to 7pm
Sunday 24 September: from 8am to 7pm
Heavy traffic may also be evidenced on subsequent weekends, however probably not to the extent of the opening weekend.
Please advise your staff, and if practical your customers/passengers, of these potential delays, to minimise any impact on your regular operations. We suggest that staff/customers consider leaving at least half an hour earlier than usual to factor in any unexpected delays in accessing the airport.
Please also pass on as appropriate to your reservations/operations departments.