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Fears Gungahlin’s traffic chaos will be repeated in Molonglo

By Ian Bushnell 28 March 2018 4

The Cotter Road is one of only two ways out of Molonglo and the community council fears congestion will only get worse as the district fills. File photo.

There are growing concerns that Gungahlin’s infamous traffic tangles will be replicated in the new district of Molonglo, which will eventually contain 45,000 to 50,000 people and not have any major employment.

Weston Creek Community Council has outlined the concerns in its 2018-19 Budget submission, which also warns about infrastructure delays and calls on the Government to bring forward plans for the Molonglo Group Centre and the bridge across the Molonglo River.

Chair Tom Anderson said that with the ACT Government not planning any employment at the Molonglo Group Centre, jobs will be limited to retail and commercial businesses.

“So what will happen is that it will become a dormitory district, the same as Gungahlin, with almost everyone leaving to go to work at the same time,” Mr Anderson said.

He said that at present there were only two ways out of Molonglo – Coppins Crossing and Cotter Road – and the bridge across the Molonglo River at Coppins Crossing was not earmarked for another four years.

“They’ve already started on Whitlam, and more and more traffic flows that way, and they’ve all got to go across Coppins Crossing. Heaven forbids when the Molonglo floods and that’s closed with the numbers of people there,” Mr Anderson said.

There are calls for more services and facilities before Molonglo’s population builds. File photo.

Despite the duplication of Cotter Road, congestion was still a problem and it was only going to get worse as Molonglo’s population grows.

“You’ll have the equivalent of what’s in Gungahlin leaving for work, and you can see all the issues with traffic there.That’s the same sort of thing that’s going to happen in Molonglo,” Mr Anderson said.

Mr Anderson said the Group Centre was also four years away when the population is expected to reach the Government’s target of 15,000.

“My concern is that when we hit that target figure then they’ll work on getting it built whereas my view is that when you get to that number it should already be built,” he said.

He said the Coombs shops were still not open as rumours swirled about its future, while the Denman Prospect shops were months away and there had not been any development application for the proposed mixed development and supermarket in Wright.

A gym and coffee shop has opened in Coombs. “It’s the first place where you can buy something in Molonglo,” Mr Anderson said.

The Council also wants the Government to bring forward plans for years 7 to 10 in the K to 10 school planned for Denman Prospect and start development of the sports fields proposed for the eastern edge of the Stromlo Forest Park.

It also wants new community and health centres in the Weston Group Centre, with Weston Creek marking its 50th anniversary this year.

What are your thoughts on this issue? Do you share the same concerns as the Council? Let us know by commenting below.

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Wing Nut 4:36 pm 02 Apr 18

What puzzles and angers the residents of Gungahlin is the range of issues should not be at the levels they are. Gungahlin’s a largely green field site but a yet past and present planning failures is leaving many residents absolutely fed up.

Ante Nazor 10:08 pm 31 Mar 18

Wait until the tram 🚃 starts & traffic in gungahlin slows down even further , not to mention the potential for dangerous accidents... Molonglo slows down ... other areas neglected slow down also ... due to minimal road spending... etc etc ... and then there’s paying a fortune in rates & taxes that are increasing annually... paid by every citizen when less then 5% of people benefit 😳

wildturkeycanoe 4:31 pm 28 Mar 18

Coppins Crossing will not be a solution to traffic issues, as everyone who travels William Hovell Drive will testify to. Gridlock at peak hour either way is only going to get worse when the bridge is complete, but by then the new Ginninderry estate will have pushed beyond the two lane’s limit. I hope they at least make the few hundred metres of single lane double by then, or West Belco residents will be ropeable.

beardedclam 4:27 pm 28 Mar 18

There was a great opportunity for the new ACT Government building to be completed in 2020 at the old motor registry site to be located in Gungahlin at the top of the light rail line. There are so many reasons it would have been beneficial.
This would be particularly helpful for the government trying to reach the target of 7% of Canberra cycling to work, given the booming population of Gungahlin and the proximity the new office would have had to the residents in Gungahlin. There needs to be an employment hub in Gungahlin and Molonglo too.
There would be a reason to have the light rail full travelling north and south, Currently I cant see a reason for the light rail to be full travelling north in the morning and south in the afternoon.
The old motor registry site could have been used in a more beneficial way thinking of tourist accommodation and a community space for the inner north.

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