City West bus layover moving to Turner

Ian Bushnell 5 September 2019 20

The new bus layover for City West will be in Turner. Image: Supplied.

The ACT Government is moving ahead with plans to move the City West bus layover on Marcus Clarke Street to Turner, with an April 2020 deadline looming for the sale of the land near the Australian National University.

The Government is seeking a consultant to design the new layover, slated for the corner of Barry Drive and Watson Street in Turner. It has budgeted $5 million for the project’s design and construction.

Tender documents say the current site is too small and the new layover would need to provide parking for up to 25 buses, breakout areas for drivers, and underground flood storage of about 2000 cubic metres.

The new site, identified in a 2013 study commissioned by the ACT Government, is zoned PRZI Urban Open Space Zone and consists of Sullivans Creek open space and Territory operated surface car park.

The documents say the new layover would support changes required to the City Bus Station as part of a realignment of platforms and routes integrating with light rail, while minimising the number of buses that are required to sit within the City Bus Station precinct.

The new bus layover site on the corner of Watson Street and Barry Drive, Turner. Photo: Google

They say the new layover design must provide a suitable, safe and conveniently accessible space to all bus routes. New or modified signalised intersections would include technology such as Bluetooth detectors and CCTV to monitor traffic.

“All design elements including civil and structural engineering, flood storage, driver break facilities, new intersections, cross-section details, path and cycle network connectivity must comply with the current ACT Government and National standards having due regard to topography, geology, climate, the environment and heritage in the area,” it says.

It must integrate into the area and maintain current traffic-flow expectations there, with the successful tenderer to conduct a Traffic Impact Assessment.

The documents list specific risks to be managed including flood storage, water sensitive urban design, pollution trap maintenance, fuel/oil spill containment, noise, and the local environment.


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20 Responses to City West bus layover moving to Turner
Sara Sara 12:29 pm 22 Jul 20

Hi all, a resident initiated petition has been started to the ACT Legislative Assembly to stop the proposed bus layover relocation to Turner Parklands. Check it out online, sign and share please

gooterz gooterz 9:33 pm 07 Sep 19

Saw this coming.

Reduce the carparks.
Reduce public transport.
Take green space and make into carparks (Acton forshore?)
People will agree as it worth it for parking.
Wait 5 years and turn carpark into apartments.
Promise changes and parking.

How is it that we have the city west carpark?
How long before its removed and sold into apartments?

    astro2 astro2 10:28 am 08 Sep 19

    There has been a nett increase in public transport, not a reduction. The problems have been around service changes in outer suburbs that have impacted on people’s transport options in those areas.

Andrew Edwards Andrew Edwards 6:55 pm 07 Sep 19

Why not turn the Mooseheads car park into a layover?

Dave Lenihan Dave Lenihan 7:11 pm 06 Sep 19

Is there anything left for the current ACT Government to sell?

Susanne Gardiner Susanne Gardiner 4:28 pm 06 Sep 19

Will there still be a bus stop at city west? Or will we have to walk to the interchange, missing a bus and get home 30 min later?

Mat Barber Mat Barber 3:33 pm 06 Sep 19

Nooo, don't remove the old maroon shelters and blue signs, or at least transplant them elsewhere on the network.

Krish Narayan Krish Narayan 1:15 pm 06 Sep 19

Tegan Park we gonna get busier!!

Marc Edwards Marc Edwards 11:01 am 06 Sep 19

So a loss of more parking that the community uses just so they can flog off another bit of land

    Marc Edwards Marc Edwards 2:32 pm 06 Sep 19

    Rob Thomas no the public parking in turner will be lost and converted to bus parking, the bus parking in the city will be flogged off for more units (because we don’t have enough now), and there is already a lack of public parking around that area.

    Marc Edwards Marc Edwards 4:24 pm 06 Sep 19

    Rob Thomas no additional public transport and people further out being neglected, complete madness. Ps you can’t really win this one

    James Nomis James Nomis 12:15 pm 07 Sep 19

    Marc Edwards

    Marc Edwards Marc Edwards 1:27 pm 07 Sep 19

    James Nomis that doesn’t help with the loss of public parking in Turner

Vander Leal Vander Leal 10:59 am 06 Sep 19

they've been trying to force a walking corridor in civic for ages... what's the best way if not to make people walk to get to the bus they will have to use back and forth...

nothappyjan nothappyjan 10:57 am 06 Sep 19

There goes another public car park, not many more to go. Canberra seems to be the anti-car capital of Australia.

Morgan Hitchcock Morgan Hitchcock 10:20 am 06 Sep 19

I think the Uni has some ideas on this site twinned with the land on the other side of university avenue

Gabriel Spacca Gabriel Spacca 10:17 am 06 Sep 19

Let me guess. I’ll go out on a limb here and suggest the vacated land will be used for appartments.

    Kevin McInerney Kevin McInerney 11:14 am 06 Sep 19

    Gabriel Spacca most likely!

    Mat Barber Mat Barber 3:34 pm 06 Sep 19

    No, as if how stupid!

    If its ANU it will be "student accomodation" a.k.a. tiny apartments🤣

    James Nomis James Nomis 12:14 pm 07 Sep 19

    Gabriel Spacca Fill yer boots

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