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EDD wants you to leave the car behind when going to the cricket

By johnboy - 10 January 2014 38

The funsters at the Economic Development Directorate are expressing a preference for cars not to be driven to the PM’s XI:

If you’re going to the Prime Minsters XI V’s England match at Manuka on Tuesday, your best bet is to leave the car at home and catch an ACTION bus, and it won’t cost you a cent!

If you have a ticket to the match, then all you need to do is show your ticket or pass when you board an ACTION bus and you will travel for free both to and from the match.

Catch an ACTION bus from anywhere in Canberra to the Woden or City Bus Stations, and then jump on a free shuttle service that will take you straight to the ground.

From 12pm buses will leave every 30 minutes from platform 3 at the City Bus Station and from platform 10 at the Woden Bus Station.

After the match, the free shuttle services will operate from the eastern side of the oval and take passengers to the Gungahlin, Belconnen and Tuggeranong Bus Stations, as well as Woden and Civic.

These buses will leave 20 minutes after the match.

Catching the bus will save you the stress of finding a parking space and also from being fined should you park illegally.

If you are planning to drive then you need to plan ahead as significant road closures will be in place around Telopea Park.

Someone please tell Steve Dozspot he can’t park under the stands?

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Ghettosmurf87 2:34 pm 15 Jan 14

thatsnotme said :

I’ve got no complaints about the service Action provided – it was a hell of a lot easier to drive to Belco and then catch a bus from there than it would have been driving to the ground – but I’d have thought that issuing accurate press releases is kinda Government 101.

Agreed

IrishPete 1:50 pm 15 Jan 14

thatsnotme said :

I’d have thought that issuing accurate press releases is kinda Government 101.

That’s a very funny joke, particularly in Canberra, the seat of two governments.

IP

thatsnotme 12:00 pm 15 Jan 14

Ghettosmurf87 said :

thatsnotme said :

No of course it’s not hard to figure out, but 300 series buses are only running every 15 minutes at that time of the evening. Some people didn’t make it on the first 300 series bus leaving from Civic last night, and would have waited up to half an hour.

A whole HALF AN HOUR! Dear me, how horrible!

Is that really so bad, waiting possibly 30min (tho more likely less) for a FREE bus to get you home? The game was over far earlier than anticipated anyway, so they’d have still made it home well before they planned to.

And lets not forget that most of the people who chose to drive to the game probably had similar length delays getting out of the Manuka area in their cars anyway as the place tends to jam up pretty easily when everyone leaves at once.

Look, I know I know, first world problems and all that, and it’s not like having to change my plans killed me – I still got home in decent time, and it was free, I know all that.

Let’s break it down to the core of the complaint though. The ACT Government goes ahead an issues a press release, containing information that is just untrue. So at the end of the game, thousands of people are heading to the bus stop, wondering which of the buses is going to Gungahlin, Belconnen or Tuggeranong (none had any signs saying where they were going, either on the regular route display or even a piece of paper stuck in the window), and finding out that there aren’t any.

I’ve got no complaints about the service Action provided – it was a hell of a lot easier to drive to Belco and then catch a bus from there than it would have been driving to the ground – but I’d have thought that issuing accurate press releases is kinda Government 101.

Roundhead89 10:42 am 15 Jan 14

thatsnotme said :

thatsnotme said :

…it’s Civic and Wodonga only. So that’s kinda annoying…

Damn smartphone with it’s auto correct…Woden, not Wodonga. Wodonga would be REALLY annoying if you happened to get on the wrong bus!

Wodonga would be annoying at any time. It is a hole. I couldn’t believe it years ago when I drove to Melbourne. Albury is a nice, pretty NSW country town but when you cross the Murray and enter Wodonga it is incredible. The only other town which comes close in sheer awfulness is Werribee, also in Victoria.

Ghettosmurf87 9:26 am 15 Jan 14

thatsnotme said :

No of course it’s not hard to figure out, but 300 series buses are only running every 15 minutes at that time of the evening. Some people didn’t make it on the first 300 series bus leaving from Civic last night, and would have waited up to half an hour.

A whole HALF AN HOUR! Dear me, how horrible!

Is that really so bad, waiting possibly 30min (tho more likely less) for a FREE bus to get you home? The game was over far earlier than anticipated anyway, so they’d have still made it home well before they planned to.

And lets not forget that most of the people who chose to drive to the game probably had similar length delays getting out of the Manuka area in their cars anyway as the place tends to jam up pretty easily when everyone leaves at once.

thatsnotme 9:04 am 15 Jan 14

DrKoresh said :

thatsnotme said :

So after a rather early end to the game, it seems that the promised buses to Belconnen, Gungahlin and Tuggeranong don’t actually exist…it’s Civic and Wodonga only. So that’s kinda annoying…

You get off in civic to go to Belco/Gunners and you get off in Woden if you’re going to Tuggers, not that hard to figure out, surely?

No of course it’s not hard to figure out, but 300 series buses are only running every 15 minutes at that time of the evening. Some people didn’t make it on the first 300 series bus leaving from Civic last night, and would have waited up to half an hour.

What’s most annoying is being told one thing by the EDD, and Action having different plans. On the Action site, they do indeed say return buses are Woden and Civic only – so which numbskull from the EDD put out this release with incorrect info?

I guess the moral of the story is not to trust any info in press releases coming out of the ACT Government, and confirm everything at the source instead.

IrishPete 7:33 am 15 Jan 14

thatsnotme said :

thatsnotme said :

…it’s Civic and Wodonga only. So that’s kinda annoying…

Damn smartphone with it’s auto correct…Woden, not Wodonga. Wodonga would be REALLY annoying if you happened to get on the wrong bus!

Thanks for the giggle. I had assumed it was a charter bus for keen Wodongan cricket fans.

When will we stop calling them smart phones? Or at least qualify it to “too smart for their own good”. The autocorrect on my iPad has caused me so much grief over the last year or so that I rarely use it for anything but browsing. Anything involving typing is just too risky. Turning the autocorrect off is not much better, because it’s so hard to edit a typing mistake, even using a bluetooth keyboard. The Aldi Android Tablet is a fair bit better (Apple products have always had a supercilious “I know better than the user” attitude”), but it’s still the modern equivalent of a scribbled note rather than a carefully typed letter.

IP

DrKoresh 12:54 am 15 Jan 14

thatsnotme said :

So after a rather early end to the game, it seems that the promised buses to Belconnen, Gungahlin and Tuggeranong don’t actually exist…it’s Civic and Wodonga only. So that’s kinda annoying…

You get off in civic to go to Belco/Gunners and you get off in Woden if you’re going to Tuggers, not that hard to figure out, surely?

thatsnotme 11:36 pm 14 Jan 14

thatsnotme said :

…it’s Civic and Wodonga only. So that’s kinda annoying…

Damn smartphone with it’s auto correct…Woden, not Wodonga. Wodonga would be REALLY annoying if you happened to get on the wrong bus!

thatsnotme 8:49 pm 14 Jan 14

So after a rather early end to the game, it seems that the promised buses to Belconnen, Gungahlin and Tuggeranong don’t actually exist…it’s Civic and Wodonga only. So that’s kinda annoying…

Ms_Grumpy 6:03 pm 14 Jan 14

Currently sitting in a non air con bus for my 45min home thanks to the @#$ cricket. Apparently the air conditioned bus we have had lately (while school hols are on) was given to the free ride to the cricket program.

A rather sweaty bah humbug to y’all!

Mess 3:15 pm 14 Jan 14

Cook must want to beat the traffic. Gone second ball.

watto23 2:25 pm 14 Jan 14

apparently its is also on 666 Radio as well as the CA website.

That said I had a brain wave of an idea last night. Pakistan are currently playing Sri Lanka in a test series in the UAE. I struggled to see anybody at the ground watching the game. Surely we could offer the Pakistan team a crowd to host them a test series in Australia. Canberra could host 1 and Hobart or somewhere else the other. I reckon you’d get 5000 there. Maybe a Pakistan vs NZ series would get heaps more.

Maybe they want some kind of home ground advantage in the UAE, but given Australia walloped them there last time (i think they got bowled out for 50 odd in both innings) and they lost to Sri Lanka, its not much of an advantage….

EDDCommunity 12:26 pm 14 Jan 14

thatsnotme said :

So looking at the Manuka (Manooka? Marnika?) oval website today, I noticed this link, to a map of ‘relaxed parking restrictions’. http://www.manukaoval.com.au/documents/Parking-restrictions.pdf for major event days.

Only problem is, there’s no indication of what ‘relaxed’ actually means. Does it mean if you park on a street with 2hr parking, and stay for 5 hours, you’ll be ok? If streetside parking is up to 5.30pm, and you arrive at the game at 1pm, do ‘relaxed’ restrictions mean you won’t come back to your car to find a ticket?

All this assuming you’re legally parked in the first place.

As long as you are legally parked within the specified area outlined on the map http://www.manukaoval.com.au/documents/Parking-restrictions.jpg (also found on the website), you can stay there all day. For example, parking in a 2hr or 5hr spot is fine. If you park illegally, you will be fined!

thatsnotme 3:50 pm 13 Jan 14

So looking at the Manuka (Manooka? Marnika?) oval website today, I noticed this link, to a map of ‘relaxed parking restrictions’. http://www.manukaoval.com.au/documents/Parking-restrictions.pdf for major event days.

Only problem is, there’s no indication of what ‘relaxed’ actually means. Does it mean if you park on a street with 2hr parking, and stay for 5 hours, you’ll be ok? If streetside parking is up to 5.30pm, and you arrive at the game at 1pm, do ‘relaxed’ restrictions mean you won’t come back to your car to find a ticket?

All this assuming you’re legally parked in the first place.

Ben_Dover 12:50 pm 13 Jan 14

Pork Hunt said :

This is your chance to find out. Let me know if you want a lift home from the cop shop… 🙂

Cheers, what’s your number?

Thumper 11:19 am 13 Jan 14

Ghettosmurf87 said :

Growling Ferret said :

Enjoy drinking in your loungeroom with all your friends on a Tuesday, as Foxtel isn’t showing it this year.
I look forward to catching up with mates, lining up all day for overpriced midstrength and the inevitable dehydration headaches, grabbing something to eat from Manuka or Kingston at the change of innings, and bits I missed applying sunscreen to peeling by Saturday.

PM’s XI is a great day.

+1

I’ll be one of the prats abusing the English side and spraying the crowd with water tomorrow, secure in the knowledge that while not normally acceptable, everyone will be begging to get soaked in the 37 degree heat that is promised.

Such a fun day!

Exactly…

Great day…

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