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A ring road for Canberra?

By johnboy - 19 March 2012 41

transport plan launch with simon corbell and katy gallagher

Chief Minister Gallagher has announced the release of the Transport for Canberra Strategy.

The key features of the Transport for Canberra Strategy include:

    — 15 minute frequency public transport on the Frequent Network;
    — 30 minute frequency public transport services within a 5-10 minute walk of everyone by 2021;
    — public transport infrastructure: transitways, stations, park and ride and mass transit options like light rail or rapid bus transit;
    — cycling and walking supported by a more compact city through integration of transport and land use planning;
    — increasing public transport, walking and cycling to 23% of work trips by 2016; and,
    — ring roads for traffic that integrate with central road corridors for public transport.

UPDATE 19/03/12 13:19: We’ve now got a copy of the full strategy online.

UPDATE 19/03/12 13:28: The Greens have expressed joy that their 30 minute bus guarantee has made the strategic cut, but disappointment previous strategies have come and gone with little change.

UPDATE 19/03/12 17:18: The Heart Foundation have expressed their enthusiasm for what they see as a document to get people driving less and exercising more.

[Photo courtesy of Simon Corbell’s office]

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A ring road for Canberra?
PM 5:19 pm 19 Mar 12

steveu said :

I hope they dont expect us to believe that the two in the picture regularly use our public transport system…

I’ve not previously seen them in Belconnen, either… Must be an election year!

Keijidosha 4:27 pm 19 Mar 12

It just occured to me that a ring road would turn Canberra into a giant roundabout. How very apt.

SnapperJack 4:07 pm 19 Mar 12

VYBerlinaV8_is_back said :

RedDogInCan said :

The foundations of a ring road are already present. If you just connect the bottom of Drakeford Drive to the Monaro Highway, and then built the Majura Parkway and connected it through to Gungahlin Drive, you would have a ring road.

Doing this, and upgrading everything to 3 lanes each way would be awesome (once completed). The cost is probably prohibitive, though.

The Canberra Orbital?

EvanJames 3:12 pm 19 Mar 12

damien haas said :

Whats the bet that funding for the ‘ring road’ will be found ahead of funding for better public transport ?

I think they just blew all the funding on their impressive bound Strategy. I’m always amused to see the various governing bodies (right down to local councils) spending millions on scoping studies and the like.

And yeah, putting traffic lights on incoming major roads like the Monaro, I’ll see you and raise the Harman lights on Canberra Avenue, or worse, the Fairbairn Base lights on Pialligo, which have the traffic every morning backed up to the Red Rooster in Queanbeyan.

dtc 2:45 pm 19 Mar 12

Keijidosha said :

The plans for the Barry Drive to Civic section of the Belconnen to City Transitway project shows the new ANU exchange station and road/intersection changes.

Yay, a new set of traffic lights on Barry Drive

c_c 2:11 pm 19 Mar 12

madamcholet said :

Katy Gallagher today announced…”Blah blah blah, more buses, blah blah, light rail..” Haven’t we heard this all before in some way shape or form? Is it similar to No Waste 2010?

But anyway, I love this line from the release: “A very large ‘Rapid’ bus stop to be constructed at the ANU Exchange”

I suspect it’s a large waiting area where the bus can stop to pick up a lot of those pesky student types and not just a very large sign – which is how it seems on first reading – to me anyway – perhaps just my cynicism playing tricks on me.

It will be a rebadging of that massive bus stopping area opposite Hobart Place and City West carpark I suspect. Although I sure hope not. That massive thing should be built on, not just remain a giant concrete expanse.

Ben_Dover 1:57 pm 19 Mar 12

Great stuff, more empty busses clogging up the streets.

Keijidosha 1:48 pm 19 Mar 12

madamcholet said :

But anyway, I love this line from the release: “A very large ‘Rapid’ bus stop to be constructed at the ANU Exchange”

I suspect it’s a large waiting area where the bus can stop to pick up a lot of those pesky student types and not just a very large sign – which is how it seems on first reading – to me anyway – perhaps just my cynicism playing tricks on me.

The plans for the Barry Drive to Civic section of the Belconnen to City Transitway project shows the new ANU exchange station and road/intersection changes.

VYBerlinaV8_is_back 1:43 pm 19 Mar 12

RedDogInCan said :

The foundations of a ring road are already present. If you just connect the bottom of Drakeford Drive to the Monaro Highway, and then built the Majura Parkway and connected it through to Gungahlin Drive, you would have a ring road.

Doing this, and upgrading everything to 3 lanes each way would be awesome (once completed). The cost is probably prohibitive, though.

steveu 1:41 pm 19 Mar 12

I hope they dont expect us to believe that the two in the picture regularly use our public transport system…

RedDogInCan 1:28 pm 19 Mar 12

The foundations of a ring road are already present. If you just connect the bottom of Drakeford Drive to the Monaro Highway, and then built the Majura Parkway and connected it through to Gungahlin Drive, you would have a ring road.

astrojax 1:21 pm 19 Mar 12

damien haas said :

Whats the bet that funding for the ‘ring road’ will be found ahead of funding for better public transport ?

i just hope the ring road funding isn’t at the expense of more public art installations…

damien haas 1:02 pm 19 Mar 12

Whats the bet that funding for the ‘ring road’ will be found ahead of funding for better public transport ?

madamcholet 12:56 pm 19 Mar 12

Katy Gallagher today announced…”Blah blah blah, more buses, blah blah, light rail..” Haven’t we heard this all before in some way shape or form? Is it similar to No Waste 2010?

But anyway, I love this line from the release: “A very large ‘Rapid’ bus stop to be constructed at the ANU Exchange”

I suspect it’s a large waiting area where the bus can stop to pick up a lot of those pesky student types and not just a very large sign – which is how it seems on first reading – to me anyway – perhaps just my cynicism playing tricks on me.

p1 12:56 pm 19 Mar 12

I’ve always thought Canberra was the perfect city for ring type roads. He planned nature, and the fact that it is located within a small territory mean that ring type roads could be built early without any worry that suburbs will extended past in a never ending progression, like western Sydney.

But the ACT Governmnet, over many years have made decisions which show they clearly hate the idea. My example case is the Monaro highway. While conventional wisdom would indicate gradual improval of this road to remove intersections at grade, we put traffic lights in at the prison, so a relatively small number if people using the facility can stop traffic on the highway, all so they don’t have to dive south 1km and then turn north.

Rant over, now back to your regualy scheduled programming…

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