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Canberra Railway Station

By benett 28 October 2013 27

The Canberra Railway Station. Well, what can I say.

It’s terrible. Yep, it is. It’s not used as much as it used to. Yes that’s true. Its Kingston location is just wrong. So what?

Why is it terrible?

Terrible? Sorry, it’s a bit of a joke.

It’s not used as much as it used to

90% of people go get the bus and have done for ages now. It’s cheaper but more annoying because you have to mingle (or get too close) with people.

You’re shy or scared to play your tunes on your phone as the person next to you might hear them and find you out to be a loser. The buses are of course more frequent, central and all that …

Its Kingston location is just wrong

This is a fact. And it’s the ‘the’ fact for me. It makes no sense. It obviously should have moved LONG ago towards the city (civic). And that has no doubt already been stated on numerous occasions. But I’m just here to reiterate the point.

SO WHAT!

So what? Well, come on. Canberran’s aren’t bogans or booners. They’re fine examples of human beings. And they need a properly located train station that doesn’t give interstate folk the impression that Canberra is a shit-heap near the end of the earth. In short, it seems fairly neglected and pretty well overdue for replacement and or relocation. It’s a bit shit.

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Ramon Williams 1:54 pm 27 Nov 17

Staff at Kingston Railway Station, Mike and Natalie, are to be congratulated for their efficiency and courtesy. On Wednesday, 22nd November, 2017, I had a Medical Emergency. Mike handled the booking, while Natalie communicated with the Ambulance. After treatment at Canberra Hospital, I returned for the last train to Sydney. Again, Mike handled the booking. I was most impressed with the service received. I would suggest, if not feeling well, don’t board the train. The staff will help in every way possible.

c_c™ 7:15 pm 29 Oct 13

justsomeaussie said :

c_c™ said :

Eastlake/Causeway was home to Canberra’s first industrial area and tips. They coaxed the tenants out, moving them to the railway adjacent part of Fyshwick and built straight over the top. The cost of remediating the area is astronomical. It’s heavily contaminated, well beyond just asbestos. The word from Planning this year, is unless the Commonwealth chips in a lot, then Eastlake isn’t on the horizon. The cost of remediation alone will be more than it will cost to build the public works component of the City to the Lake plan.

If this is the case, then what on earth is the Territory Government doing letting anyone live at the Causeway at all? Surely it’s a litigators dream to have people in Government housing sitting on contaminated land.

Generally speaking if it’s left undisturbed and buried, there’s negligible risk, not counting of course the longer term implications of chemicals like hydrocarbons and electrical oils entering the water table or nearby waterways. Disturbing it for construction is the problem. And since an area quite a bit bigger than The Causeway, on the lake/wetlands side of the existing housing is formerly a tip for all grades of waste, it could be more than just some top layer soil needing remediation.

Deref 11:28 am 29 Oct 13

Roundhead89 said :

It seems that the correct term is “railroad station”. My copy of Webster’s dictionary has no entry for “railway station” or even “railway”.

You’re clearly not aware that Webster’s is an American dictionary. To paraphrase Churchill, America and Australia are two countries separated by a common language.

Roundhead89 11:26 am 29 Oct 13

davo101 said :

Two things:

1. Thank you for calling it a railway station. I’m stick of numpties calling them train stations.
2. There is a long-term plan to move the station to the western side of the Monaro Highway.

It seems that the correct term is “railroad station”. My copy of Webster’s dictionary has no entry for “railway station” or even “railway”.

justsomeaussie 11:19 am 29 Oct 13

c_c™ said :

Eastlake/Causeway was home to Canberra’s first industrial area and tips. They coaxed the tenants out, moving them to the railway adjacent part of Fyshwick and built straight over the top. The cost of remediating the area is astronomical. It’s heavily contaminated, well beyond just asbestos. The word from Planning this year, is unless the Commonwealth chips in a lot, then Eastlake isn’t on the horizon. The cost of remediation alone will be more than it will cost to build the public works component of the City to the Lake plan.

If this is the case, then what on earth is the Territory Government doing letting anyone live at the Causeway at all? Surely it’s a litigators dream to have people in Government housing sitting on contaminated land.

IrishPete 8:04 am 29 Oct 13

All very interesting.

A few points. Many train travellers are pensioners spending just $2.50 one-way. That doesn’t give a lot of financial return. Student fares are also substantially less than regular fares. I doubt the buses to/from the train station are much cop, given some of the times it leaves and arrives, unless you live on that bus route.

The fares are much less than air travel, and when you add in the cost and time of travel to the airport, parking, checkin, baggage retrieval, and travel onwards to your actual destination, it is much much cheaper and doesn’t take much longer. It is the poor frequency of trains that becomes the impediment.

I asked Shane Rattenbury the other day about the service, and he thinks the ACT Government has nothing to do with it. Therein lies the problem – if the NSW Govt, is carrying the whole cost, then ACT will get no say. I suggest people write to Shane asking questions. A few mil shaved off the light rail project could make an enormous difference.

Maybe the Snows would agree to fund the moving of the station to the airport precinct, so regional NSW people could catch the train to catch a plane.

P.s. if the Canberra train went to Sydney Airport, that would also be useful. Changing with baggage is a pain.

miz 7:20 am 29 Oct 13

The proposed light rail would have made more sense if the first leg was going to connect to the railway station (which, BTW, is actually more geographically central than Civic – it’s just that inner northerners try to pretend the southside doesn’t exist!).

But I guess then everyone would have asked why we are not getting a proper under/overground heavy rail system (like Sydney. Melbourne, Brisbane, etc). Sydney has built railway lines under the city, eg Eastern Suburbs line, train line to Sydney airport (around the time of the Olympics).

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