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Federales stump up $144 million for the Majura Parkway

By johnboy - 7 July 2011 50

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In the new era of tweet based governance Simon Corbell has announced $144 million from the Commonwealth to pay for half of the Majura Parkway.

We’ll post an official announcement should one be made available.

UPDATE: Senator Lundy is leading with a concrete statement:

More than 40 years after the first line appeared on a map, construction of the long awaited Majura Parkway will finally start next year and be completed in 2016.

Infrastructure and Transport Minister Anthony Albanese today said the project had secured the backing of the Gillard Labor Government and would receive $144 million in Federal funding, matching the ACT Government’s contribution dollar-for-dollar.

“Recommended by Infrastructure Australia and set to be built with monies from our Building Australia Fund, the Majura Parkway will make it easier for Canberrans to get around their city as well as well as taking trucks off local streets,” said Mr Albanese.

“Construction of this new road is an investment in Canberra’s future, with Infrastructure Australia putting its long term economic, social and environmental benefits at close to $1 billion.

“Funding for the Majura Parkway builds on the record capital works program we initiated in our very first budget back in 2008. Together with the Gallagher Labor Government, we’re building the modern, well planned transport infrastructure befitting Canberra’s status as our nation’s capital.

“This confirmation of funding for this project is the culmination of a persistent and passionate community campaign led by local MPs including Gai Brodtmann, Andrew Leigh, Mike Kelly and Senator Kate Lundy.”

The Majura Parkway will be an 11.5 kilometre long duplicated road with seven bridges and three interchanges at the intersections with Fairbairn Avenue, Federal Highway and Monaro Highway.

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Federales stump up $144 million for the Majura Parkway
damien haas 2:30 pm 07 Jul 11

Community campaign ? if you call the labor party a community i guess.

Rollersk8r 2:12 pm 07 Jul 11

BicycleCanberra said :

Rollersk8r said :

Only on the RiotACT could people find ways to complain about this. Heaven forbid we actually build something that will vastly improve both North and South access to the ACT, AND goes past the airport, whilst bypassing and reducing pressure on roads like Northbourne and Limestone Ave etc…

Wasn’t the the GDE supposed to improve the North South connection? funny thing happen when you build more and more roads ,you just get more and more traffic, and to solve the traffic congestion we just continue to build more roads or add another lane. The never ending story in reality

The GDE may well improve North-South traffic if they ever finish it. Not sure what your issue is – Majura road is not currently serviced by ACTION and would be one the ACT’s least safe roads to ride on. Building a major new road would at least open up both possibilities. I cycle to work most days and still want better roads whether I’m using my bike, the bus or my car.

alaninoz 1:59 pm 07 Jul 11

Four years?!

chewy14 1:57 pm 07 Jul 11

A smart, sensible planning decision for the ACT.
No wonder the Greens were against it.

Rawhide Kid Part3 1:45 pm 07 Jul 11

I’m still looking for the catch.. I know its in there some where, I just know it is…..

watto23 1:38 pm 07 Jul 11

I believe its a new road because there are too many facilities on majura road, so the locals and their traffic are seperate to those passing through. Makes complete sense to me. If only they didn’t build the jail etc on the Monaro….

Erg0 1:26 pm 07 Jul 11

Queen_of_the_Bun said :

The Frots said :

Excellent now wait for the inevitable tolls. What are the chances of a toll being introduced on the GDE? Hmmm?

Haha I misread this as “trolls”. Which is true too.

Well, they [i]are[/i] building seven bridges.

Gungahlin Al 1:22 pm 07 Jul 11

EvanJames said :

I still can’t see why they can’t just build a duplicate road next to the current one, then turn the current road into one half of the new road, rather than building this projected massive new thing ploughing through prime farming land.

I wonder if the Airport had a hand in it? If the road was moved way over to the west, they could make the runway longer. and take Jumbos and big freight planes.

Are you trying to say the whole road is being moved west so there’s enough room left to the east of the road for a VFT corridor straight past the airport, so they can further their second-Sydney-airport dream?

Dunno where you’d get that sort of crazy idea.

A lot of people in Gungahlin and NSW over the border and who have to work out at BBP will be very happy with this news, even if it means yet more construction disruptions for them.

And yes it will negate some of the traffic growth that was threatening to make Northbourne completely unviable for morning commutes.

But the Flemington/Northbourne problem is the elephant in the corner. Light rail or Monash Drive – it’s as simple as that.

BicycleCanberra 1:11 pm 07 Jul 11

Rollersk8r said :

Only on the RiotACT could people find ways to complain about this. Heaven forbid we actually build something that will vastly improve both North and South access to the ACT, AND goes past the airport, whilst bypassing and reducing pressure on roads like Northbourne and Limestone Ave etc…

Wasn’t the the GDE supposed to improve the North South connection? funny thing happen when you build more and more roads ,you just get more and more traffic, and to solve the traffic congestion we just continue to build more roads or add another lane. The never ending story in reality

Queen_of_the_Bun 12:56 pm 07 Jul 11

The Frots said :

Excellent now wait for the inevitable tolls. What are the chances of a toll being introduced on the GDE? Hmmm?

Haha I misread this as “trolls”. Which is true too.

Rollersk8r 12:46 pm 07 Jul 11

Only on the RiotACT could people find ways to complain about this. Heaven forbid we actually build something that will vastly improve both North and South access to the ACT, AND goes past the airport, whilst bypassing and reducing pressure on roads like Northbourne and Limestone Ave etc…

The Frots 12:02 pm 07 Jul 11

Excellent now wait for the inevitable tolls. What are the chances of a toll being introduced on the GDE? Hmmm?

EvanJames 11:51 am 07 Jul 11

I expect they’ve done a deal regarding the tolls, which will be implemented but Families get an exemption (or compensation).

I still can’t see why they can’t just build a duplicate road next to the current one, then turn the current road into one half of the new road, rather than building this projected massive new thing ploughing through prime farming land.

I wonder if the Airport had a hand in it? If the road was moved way over to the west, they could make the runway longer. and take Jumbos and big freight planes.

BicycleCanberra 11:37 am 07 Jul 11

The ‘sustainable transport plan’,no the ‘sustainable transport action plan’,no the ‘Transport for Canberra’ plan is now officially dead and buried. Canberrans will be forced to use theirs cars for a lot longer now until oil prices significantly rise again, but then we will be forced to buy electric cars I guess.

TVStar 11:28 am 07 Jul 11

Amazing how much money the Feds are prepared to put into building roads to the airport. It should be called the Pollie Exit Expressway.

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