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Attention Belconnenites – Bus chaos commences on 25 May

By johnboy - 12 May 2009 30

The Chiefly Jon Stanhope is warning you that the complete evisceration of bus services in and around Belconnen will take place in just two weeks time.

    From Monday May 25 the Belconnen Bus Interchange will be permanently closed. Bus services will operate through two temporary bus stations located on Cameron Avenue and Lathlain Street. A new permanent bus station on Cohen Street will also operate from May 25. All bus routes passing through the Belconnen Town Centre will pass through all three bus stations.

    The Belconnen Bus Interchange will eventually be replaced by four bus stations. As a result of the redevelopments most ACTION bus timetables will have changes to times or directions.

    “New ACTION bus timetables commence on Monday May 25 to coincide with the multimillion-dollar Belconnen Town Centre improvements being undertaken by the ACT Government in partnership with Westfield,” Mr Stanhope said. “The bus timetables have been adjusted to accommodate the major changes to the Belconnen Town Centre and the decommissioning of the Belconnen Bus Interchange.

    “The new timetables also include several additional and extended routes to meet increased demand elsewhere in Canberra. A new bus route – Xpresso 980 – will service Fyshwick from Civic during peak periods. Morning and afternoon bus services to Majura Business Park have also been extended to reflect the growing commercial opportunities in this area.

One can hope that someone’s joined up all the dots and it will all run smoothly. But given the confusion in the process to date does anyone have much confidence?

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Attention Belconnenites – Bus chaos commences on 25 May
damien haas 4:29 pm 12 May 09

I heard a kid on the bus this afternoon talking to his mate, calling the new bus stops ‘shortchanges’ instead of ‘interchanges’.

The original design of the bus interchange allowed for inclusion of rail based rapid transit. .

See http://www.engineer.org.au/chapter03.html down where it says ‘belconnen interchange’.

In all the ‘new Belconnen interchange’ proposals that have been floating about since 2000 (when i moved to belconnen), future light rail use was included. As recently as the ‘time travelling busway’ this was the case.

PM 4:17 pm 12 May 09

“Of course if anyone thinks that all buses will always go through all stops for all time they are going to be dissapointed.

So will these new timetables allow lay overs at each stop or is it going to be a lot of there goes my bus…”

The ACT government has made it quite clear that ALL buses will stop at ALL of the four bus stations. This means not only will most route distance be longer, but the time (extra distance, where applicable, aside) will also take longer to get from A – B.

There’s also not going to be any physical space left for light rail to integrate with the buses, despite the government’s professed desire for it.

JC 4:08 pm 12 May 09

Tempestas said :

Of course if anyone thinks that all buses will always go through all stops for all time they are going to be dissapointed.

So will these new timetables allow lay overs at each stop or is it going to be a lot of there goes my bus…

Well actually all buses will have to more or less go through all stops. The reason being there is no where for the buses to terminate at the middle stops. So a bus from the west will have to go through all stops then to a driver layover area behind the ten pin bowling centre. Buses from the other direct run through all stops to a layover at the depot.

PM 2:29 pm 12 May 09

S4anta said :

Time for pubs to be located at each bus stop PM. do it, do it now!

Well… The Basement will be just across the road from one of the bus stations…

But I’ll remain at the Pot Belly, S4anta 🙂

MrMagoo 2:21 pm 12 May 09

I think there’ll be a lot of there goes my bus. As someone with a Vision Impairment, i think I’m goin gto miss more buses than i get. I can’t wait for the fun to begin.

Tempestas 1:48 pm 12 May 09

Posh said :

Can’t wait til the 25th to see the chaos of people trying to cross the road on Cameron Avenue. At the moment you can hardly get across the road in the morning and afternoon with all the traffic going / coming out of the ABS carpark and the immigration staff driving to and from work along Cameron.

Pedestrian crossing wouldn’t have gone astray.

This is going to be the new accident centre of Belconnen. Here’s hoping no one is seriously injured or worse.

Any sign of any shelters yet, no doubt they will be as sheltering as the ones in Civic.

Of course if anyone thinks that all buses will always go through all stops for all time they are going to be dissapointed.

So will these new timetables allow lay overs at each stop or is it going to be a lot of there goes my bus…

Posh 1:33 pm 12 May 09

Can’t wait til the 25th to see the chaos of people trying to cross the road on Cameron Avenue. At the moment you can hardly get across the road in the morning and afternoon with all the traffic going / coming out of the ABS carpark and the immigration staff driving to and from work along Cameron.

Pedestrian crossing wouldn’t have gone astray.

S4anta 1:22 pm 12 May 09

PM said :

More traffic, longer bus routes, less parking.

Time for pubs to be located at each bus stop PM. do it, do it now!

TP 3000 12:58 pm 12 May 09

dvaey said :

Wouldn’t it make more sense to move that Emergency Services stuff that needed to be moved, out to the ESA headquarters in Curtin?

Well the ESA are moving over to a new headquarters (that is currently being built) out at Fairbairn Park. The helicopters that are currntly stored at Fairbairn Park during the fire season will now be stored out at SouthCare Helicopter Base, with a new training area there as well. RFS will move up the road to this new ESA base & all current ESA staff will move to the new Fairbairn Park base. This includes the Curtin building, equipment storage out at Belconnen & possibly workshop out at Kambah Fire Station. With all communication to go through the new Fyshwick building.

dvaey 12:43 pm 12 May 09

TP 3000 said :

All Emergency Services (Police, Fire, Ambulance, SES) is to be moved to a new building in Fyshwick & all other Police Operations are to be moved to Parkes (apparently).

Wouldnt it make more sense to move that Emergency Services stuff that needed to be moved, out to the ESA headquarters in Curtin?

PM 12:35 pm 12 May 09

More traffic, longer bus routes, less parking.

TP 3000 11:36 am 12 May 09

Tixylix said :

Is there a direct correlation between this development and the bunch of new traffic lights in Belco?

Yes, as every bus will run through Belconnen, lights were put in along Cohen Street & Emu Bank & for safety lights will be put in at Lathlain Street/Luxton Street.

If it is planned properly then this new system should work. But as everyone is aware of, all this was originally planned for just after the ANZAC Day long weekend.

But Belconnen Town Centre will look different in a few years, with the Winchester Centre* being shut down, Belconnen Remand Centre being demolished, new Belconnen Police Station & new buildings being built around the current Belconnen Interchange.

All Emergency Services (Police, Fire, Ambulance, SES) is to be moved to a new building in Fyshwick & all other Police Operations are to be moved to Parkes (apparently). With a new Belconnen Police Station being built on the current Winchester Centre. Well that is the plan.

Tixylix 11:27 am 12 May 09

Is there a direct correlation between this development and the bunch of new traffic lights in Belco?

FC 10:43 am 12 May 09

ugh. I hope I have my new wheels by then.
so over Action buses as it is!

(although without them I would ahve been screwed the last few weeks)

p1 10:23 am 12 May 09

But given the confusion in the process to date does anyone have much confidence?

No.

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