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Federal Labor promises $30m for Canberra airport road upgrades

Glimmertwins 14 October 2007 31

According to the ABC Federal Labor says it is time the Commonwealth stepped in to help ease the traffic congestion around the Canberra airport.

The ALP’s Transport spokesman Martin Ferguson, has promised $30 million to upgrade the road network if Labor wins the election, on top of the $13 million already promised by the ACT Government and the airport.

Mr Ferguson says the Federal Government has been neglecting ACT roads.

“This piece of transport corridor requires Commonwealth assistance, with the private sector Canberra International Airport and also the ACT Government,” he said.

“That’s about real dollars to fix real local problems.”


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Pandy Pandy 6:09 am 16 Oct 07

15,000 thousand cars on Majura Road. 6,000 workers at Airport CBD.
Cars travelling south from Gungahlin will still travel through the bottle neck at Airport CBD, either to the airport, or to Civic/Parliamentary triangle and some to Fyshwick. Monaro Highway should be duplicated all the way to the Majura Parkway and a suitable interchange built at Pialligo.

Defence HQ traffic studies showed that a significant number of cars would travel between Gungahlin to Dence HQ via Macs Reef Road.

caf caf 12:03 am 16 Oct 07

ant: Traffic between northside and QBN could be relatively cheaply redirected away from the airport by connecting the northern side of the Monaro Hwy to Canberra Av. Traffic between Gunghalin and the JOC could could via macs reef road couldn’t it?

ant ant 11:46 pm 15 Oct 07

the airport debacle affects traffic coming from NSW (Qbn, and beyond) and more, going TO NSW. ie, the HQ JOC! The road to Qbn is busy both ways in rush hour. Once HQ JOC is done, there’ll be a bunch of angry commuters who still have 30-odd kms to go, crawling along with the airport-bound folk.

I am not sure that ACT taxpayers should have to put up much more for this problem. ACT gov’t didn’t make the problem. Snow is making money hand over fist, and he knew that pressure on the gov’t to fix his traffic problems would be intense.

what else he has in mind for Canberrans beggars belief, however.

Pandy Pandy 11:05 pm 15 Oct 07

As you said ant, the major problem is the north-south axis on the Majura Road. That road needs to be upgraded to Parkway status ASAP. The building work going on their right now seems to cater for another 2,000 workers if not more.

The Gungahlin Community Council wants to delay building the Parkway and put on I think looking at their Youtube recording of John Stanhope 15 buses, on the interest saved by not building it. At best that would get what 600 passengers off the road? But the road is coping 15,000 cars a day. It will hardly make a difference. The horse has bolted.

I don’t hold much hope for the ACT Libs to come-up with a bold plan to solve the problem. I bet they will make some grand announcement that they will build light rail serving Gungahlin to Civic (FFS!) with a feeder service to Defence HQ at Bungendore. That wont solve the problem *at the airport*.

If Troy, Zed and/or Gungahlin Al would like to comment on the matter, I would like to know what their grand plans are.

Pandy Pandy 10:37 pm 15 Oct 07

I agree ant. Labor (Feds) has a plan. Libs have no idea.

ant ant 9:30 pm 15 Oct 07

Snow is contributing some money to the road improvement. However, Snow’s people have also done up the plans, and are running the project. Result? No encroachment on Airport land, it all happens on public land but also encroaches on residential land in Pialligo. And the gist of the work is enlargement and grandifying of the airport entrance. It won’t fix the congestion.

But the airport is driving the ACT/airport roadworks, and that should worry people. They’re private, they’re unaccountable, and they’re pushing their own barrow. I’m very concerned that an elected government can abrogate their responsibility to govern and gatekeep quite so easily.

The traffic disruption while the work is being done will be horrific, and that the work won’t significantly improve things needs to be recognised.

The Labor plan to extend the scope of the works is promising. Much of the trouble happens at the north/south axis, Majura Road onto Moreshead, and the extra demand of the airport CBD plugged the whole thing up.

utah utah 5:47 pm 15 Oct 07

Troy,

Your party, and the Nationals, caused this problem by:
* Selling the airport (for much less than it was worth, from what I can tell)
* Not placing sufficient zoning restrictions on it
* Moving a number of Federal Government departments out there, so that the new owners would have some income while the rest of the development was being built.

While I agree that the nearby roads need substantial improvement, I don’t think spending taxpayer’s money is the way to go. Perhaps the money could come from Coalition coffers instead? A sort of, “taking ownership of your actions” approach? Terry Snow seems set to make a bundle over the next 20 years – perhaps you could hit him up for a loan…

Maelinar Maelinar 8:32 am 15 Oct 07

We are a custom-built city that is meant to be a beacon of good function and design.

Sadly, this does not appear to be the case, and it would also appear that funding has dried up.

Any government should be taking immediate steps to rectify this situation, as the rest of Australia looks to Canberra for ideology and guidance.

Pandy Pandy 10:47 pm 14 Oct 07

Troy,

Your party caused the mess at the airport. Your party needs to spend real dollars fixing it. And not just on the road that goes from the airport to Parliament House.

What Brendan Nelson said about Defence HQ and the ACT government needing to chip in to fix yhe traffic problems around there, does not endear me to vote for you.

You could really do something marvellous by saying you will build either the Majura Parkway or light rail down the Majura Valley to solve the problem.

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