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Canberra International Airport – Developing slowly

By poptop - 13 December 2008 18

For those of you who have not had the pleasure of visiting the Canberra International Airport recently or never ever go to the Virgin/Tiger end of the Terminal [I was curious myself and have spent more time than is usual at the place] here is a photo of current progress on the multi-storey carpark.

Getting out of the Airport at about 6 pm isn’t entirely straighforward either. While not ‘city standard’ traffic, it’s still a bit of a surprise to do a couple of clicks of creeping and merging.

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Canberra International Airport – Developing slowly
Thumper 10:47 am 15 Dec 08

Maybe we should simply move the airport, well, at least flying and associated bits, to, say… MacArthur?

poptop 9:57 am 15 Dec 08

How unkind!

While hanging around the Terminal I had ample opportunity to read the remarkable Canberra International Airport [CIA] publication that explains how the people of the CIA are gifting the people of the ACT with a world class airport facility. As I recall it will involve intuitive access to car parks and other facilities and will be cutting edge in every detail.

Realistically, I think it still compares favourably to Northbourne Avenue [with all the dilapidated flats] as a Gateway to the Capital.

tylersmayhem 9:20 am 15 Dec 08

Like I said in a post last week – if we were living in several other countries Mr Snow would have been “corrected” a long time ago.

Thumper 9:54 pm 14 Dec 08

The whole airport traffic issue is a joke. Sadly it would appear that no-one wants to take any responsibility in rectifying the current situation.

SheepGroper 9:37 pm 14 Dec 08

No one’s noticed the duck pond built at the Pialligo intersection yet? It’s a long and narrow pond alongside the road, as if it’s supposed to catch bad drivers and drown them. I’ve been too busy driving to take a photo of it and steal the duck souls, it’s at a one lane divides into two point.

Lenient 7:23 pm 14 Dec 08

Developing slowly

that’s cos people are taking pictures, stealing the souls of the workers.

NickD 6:03 pm 14 Dec 08

JC said :

Actually it isn’t really under the control of the Commonwealth either, except of course they created the loophole that allowed all this to happen.

I think that the Commonwealth Government specifically approved the construction of BBP and Brand Depot. I hope that the ministers who signed off on those decisions have enjoyed their time stuck in traffic jams.

JC 8:07 pm 13 Dec 08

54-11 said :

toriness, Tempestas is daed right. ACTPLA is not at fault this time, it is all unedr the control of the Commonwealth. They obviously give even less of a sh!t about Canberra planning and good outcomes for residents than what ACTPLA and NCA do.

Actually it isn’t really under the control of the Commonwealth either, except of course they created the loophole that allowed all this to happen. Put simple when the airports were privatised a loophole was created that meant they didn’t have to seek local planning authority to expand. The intent was so genuine airport development didn’t get caught up for years in pety local governments. But the same laws have allowed more or less anything to be built, the result can be seen at Canberra airport.

At least the new fed government are trying to make them more accountable and help pay for some of the burden they place on local infrastructure, such as roads and public transport.

54-11 5:03 pm 13 Dec 08

That’s “dead right” of course.

54-11 5:03 pm 13 Dec 08

toriness, Tempestas is daed right. ACTPLA is not at fault this time, it is all unedr the control of the Commonwealth. They obviously give even less of a sh!t about Canberra planning and good outcomes for residents than what ACTPLA and NCA do.

Tempestas 4:25 pm 13 Dec 08

toriness said :

… – what on EARTH was ACTPLA thinking in approving the location of all those buildings out there?????

Um I may have missed the irony but I thought the whole point of airport development was that it was outside of local planning controls. That planes land there is a just a minor inconvenience to the owners of the airport.

Che_elle 3:50 pm 13 Dec 08

For some this is now just the daily routine. I remember when I used to be grateful for the lovely grounds and greenery out there. Certainly makes sure you are awake for the drive… changes to the roads are just a new obstacle in addition to the heavy machinery and volume of traffic.

At one stage I was concerned that the new traffic lights would be in addition to the roundabout (like in Brisbane), and I had little confidence that Canberrans were ready for that!

poptop 3:42 pm 13 Dec 08

I am so glad that I usually only go to the airport for first flight out, last flight back. It may be dark but there’s less traffic and I can see the sparkle of their lights.

el 3:41 pm 13 Dec 08

Yeah, it’s always nice when the cab meter ticks over to $10.00 before you’ve even *left* the airport.

toriness 3:10 pm 13 Dec 08

having had the displeasure of returning to canberra on flights around 5:30pm twice this week as well as another similar return flight recently – can i say it is a bloody nightmare out there at the moment. thanks in the main to the recent re-location of several government departments (or parts of those departments) now at the airport complex – what on EARTH was ACTPLA thinking in approving the location of all those buildings out there?????

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