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Belco Bus Interchange Demolition

By thomped2 - 14 October 2009 20

Hey all,

I was in belco the other day and i was shocked at the hellish nature of the roads now because they closed the road outside the front of the plaza to demolish the footbridge that went from the plaza to the interchange.

Anyway here are some picks!

by the way im totally opposed to the destruction of solid infrastructure that works in the first place.

What’s Your opinion?


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Belco Bus Interchange Demolition
Kramer 2:48 pm 15 Oct 09

The view down Benjamin Way now is great without the 70’s concrete walkways. Once they finish cleaning up, you will get a clear view to the lake when approaching from the south.

I just hope when they rebuild the new on street interchange, they include more/better shelter. Looks like lots of people are currently getting wet waiting for busses in the new advertising shelters scattered around Belconnen. Come summer time, those same people will be getting nicely burned.

Will be interesting to see how they progress the extension of Cohen street… Viva la progress!

Thoroughly Smashed 12:44 pm 15 Oct 09

Grail said :

Will you concrete-haters still be cheering when the new interchange goes in and turns out to be another one of those “designed by americans without thought to the fact that Australians drive on the left” disasters, like the original Glenloch interchange?

This statement intrigues me, would you care to elaborate?

p1 11:40 am 15 Oct 09

My only real issue is that we appear to have lost the only actual dedicated bus-way in the territory. Next time some politician talks about bus ways I’ll be grinding my teeth 🙁

thomped2 10:58 am 15 Oct 09

Agreed it was ugly and it needed refreshing.
BUT they just destroyed the buses up north, they will not be replacing it with a shiny new one but they have put the buses on the streets with no center you can rock up to and catch a bus from.

Another ‘brilliant’ idea from the act government….
I do hope they refurbish Woden but keep the site for a bus interchange and not a bus stop spread through Phillip and into Woden.

For clarification when i was stating “im totally opposed to the destruction of solid infrastructure that works in the first place.” i was commenting on belco having a interchange not a bus stop.

Oh well their solution for the interchange will be solved in 2015 (i think) YAY………

Grail 9:31 am 15 Oct 09

Will you concrete-haters still be cheering when the new interchange goes in and turns out to be another one of those “designed by americans without thought to the fact that Australians drive on the left” disasters, like the original Glenloch interchange?

RandomGit 9:19 am 15 Oct 09

Yay! Flush that turd away!

Crypto50 9:18 am 15 Oct 09

I think it’s a metaphor for the ABS next door. A useless messy pile.

GnT 8:31 am 15 Oct 09

by the way im totally opposed to the destruction of solid infrastructure that works in the first place.

Considering they’ve already demolished the interchange, it was a footbridge to nowhere. I’d hardly say it works.

JC 7:17 am 15 Oct 09

TP 3000 said :

You will love the outcome though. Back in 1988 my Uncle described Belconnen Town Centre as a maze of ugly cement buildings, in 2008 I had to agree. But in 2018, I’ll have to disagree (except maybe for the ugly bit as Belconnen always will be that). But the changes will brighten Belconnen up quite a lot & getting from the bus to Westfield will be quite a lot easier once this work is complete.

Soon we should see work being done to extend & lower Cohen Street to Benjamin Way & then onto Eastern Valley Way.

Do you still beleive the end result will be any better. For a ‘bus’ enthusiast I would have thought you more than anyone would know better.

The end result may sure look pretty (for a year or two) and give ‘better’ access to the mall (what ever that really means), but will do SFA to help and encourage more use of buses in Belconnen. Indeed I reckon it will discourage it. I know I sure the hell wouldn’t want to change buses in Belconnen on a wet and cold winter night. It isn’t like this new mall stop will be a propper interchange, or like some of the mall interchanges they have in places like Brisbane.

gooterz 2:17 am 15 Oct 09

When are they doing woden?!!!

2604 11:33 pm 14 Oct 09

TP 3000 said :

You will love the outcome though. Back in 1988 my Uncle described Belconnen Town Centre as a maze of ugly cement buildings, in 2008 I had to agree. But in 2018, I’ll have to disagree (except maybe for the ugly bit as Belconnen always will be that).

The ugly cement buildings are being replaced by ugly, plastic looking back and white boxes – the DIAC HQ is horrendous. And I’m not too sure about Belconnen being ugly, either – Lake Ginn is probably the prettiest lake & environs in Canberra.

TP 3000 9:19 pm 14 Oct 09

You will love the outcome though. Back in 1988 my Uncle described Belconnen Town Centre as a maze of ugly cement buildings, in 2008 I had to agree. But in 2018, I’ll have to disagree (except maybe for the ugly bit as Belconnen always will be that). But the changes will brighten Belconnen up quite a lot & getting from the bus to Westfield will be quite a lot easier once this work is complete.

Soon we should see work being done to extend & lower Cohen Street to Benjamin Way & then onto Eastern Valley Way.

bd84 8:51 pm 14 Oct 09

BenMac said :

by the way im totally opposed to the destruction of solid infrastructure that works in the first place

I’d say you’re in the minority on this destruction. Glad to see it go.

One of the smallest minorities in the world, the place should have been demolished 15+ years ago.

OzChick 8:38 pm 14 Oct 09

I live Belconnen and haven’t seen this yet. Thanks for sharing. I am so glad that its gone.

BenMac 6:54 pm 14 Oct 09

by the way im totally opposed to the destruction of solid infrastructure that works in the first place

I’d say you’re in the minority on this destruction. Glad to see it go.

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