Belconnen Interchange coming down

johnboy 20 July 2009 13

Simone Penkethman has very kindly sent through some photographs from the ongoing demolition of Belconnen Interchange taken this morning.

As it’s a nice day it shouldn’t hurt too much for Belconnen bus commuters getting by without shelters.

Good thing it’s not sleeting.

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13 Responses to Belconnen Interchange coming down
TP 3000 TP 3000 10:40 pm 22 Jul 09

I have taken a few of my own pictures & will be taking more of the demolition of Belconnen Interchange/Benjamin Way walkway/Cohen Street Extension

They can be found at

MelonHead MelonHead 10:43 am 21 Jul 09

Oh the shame of it. I am on an “ugly footbridge” (from above comment). Surely I would be better off walking amongst the moving buses and across the six lanes of traffic.

What were they thinking? An off street place to get on an off buses, with overhead access to a number of major sources of employment and a large shopping mall. Obviously a town planner not on the take, or displaying gross competence. Also, this much maligned interchange used to have facilities, such as a warm place to wait for your bus, a ticket and info booth, toilets, a public phone etc..

The way I see it, is that the standard of facilities and the standard of society (or some elements of it) have diverged so far, that in order to be seen to cope with the problem, your elected representatives can only demolish the facility. This decision is in the hope that those of us who missed the giant space arks, will think that grubbiment is a “good thing”

A Noisy Noise Annoys An Oyster A Noisy Noise Annoys An Oyster 8:46 am 21 Jul 09

Wasn’t it a ridiculous concept in the first place. Having to walk across those ugly footbridges across Benjamin Way and then being forced to walk through a busy carpark in order to enter Belconnen Mall. What on earth were the planners smoking?

TP 3000 TP 3000 9:44 pm 20 Jul 09

Everyone now the reason behind the smaller is bus shelters is that in all interchanges in Canberra with their big long shelters, Interchange garbage (druggies/crims) hang around there. But you will notice in the 3 bus shelters, Interchange garbage/scum have moved on & the shelters are (relatively) cleaned

Mike Bessenger Mike Bessenger 8:55 pm 20 Jul 09

housebound said :

Glad it’s gone. It’s so much faster to get through Belconnen now.

If they built slightly bigger shelters at the 3 new stops, it would probably ease the pain for those who likes the cover.

Just take shelter at the local coffee shop!

Nemo Nemo 7:50 pm 20 Jul 09

Good to see the Stanhope Govt repainted it shortly before tearing it down.

housebound housebound 5:22 pm 20 Jul 09

Glad it’s gone. It’s so much faster to get through Belconnen now.

If they built slightly bigger shelters at the 3 new stops, it would probably ease the pain for those who likes the cover.

LlamaFrog LlamaFrog 4:45 pm 20 Jul 09

I never knew her when she was new, but by her end she was a tad underwhelming to view.

Tempestas Tempestas 4:13 pm 20 Jul 09

Therein lies a mystery PM. Something to do with extending Cohen St from vague memory of the original justification but I’m not sure why Westfield couldn’t of got on and done their bit.

PM PM 3:51 pm 20 Jul 09

I still don’t know why it had to be demolished, though, before the new interchange at Westfield.

OzChick OzChick 3:41 pm 20 Jul 09

Good riddance. It was such an eyesore.

Tempestas Tempestas 3:28 pm 20 Jul 09

Whilst you won’t be missed, I must say you managed to be more pleasant that the current Cameron Avenue arrangements.

Still maybe Govco can completely stuff up Belconnen some more before they finish

Mike Bessenger Mike Bessenger 3:16 pm 20 Jul 09

goodbye shithole

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