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Fixing the horrors of the Woden Bus Interchange

By johnboy - 7 August 2013 30

Andrew Barr has announced moves to do something about the urban wasteland that is changing busses in Woden:

The ACT Government is continuing to deliver on its commitment to revitalise the Woden bus interchange.

The first phase of the redevelopment of the eastern side of Woden has commenced with the lodgement of the Estate Development Plan (EDP) Development Application (DA) at the end of last week.

The aim of the proposal is to provide a modern and attractive bus station that is integrated with a new retail and mixed use precinct.

Built more than 40 years ago, the existing Woden bus interchange is tired and rundown, removed from the town centre and does nothing to encourage patronage of the ACTION bus service.

In order to address these concerns, the planned development includes the widening of Callam Street from 34 to 42 metres to accommodate future light rail and a lounge located within an expanded Westfield Woden.

The plan will also see the new bus station integrated with shops and cafes that will enliven the exterior, and display real time bus information on the bus platforms and within the internal lounge.

Other new works include lighting upgrades, landscaping, footpaths and bicycle connections between Westfield Woden, the bus station and other town centre destinations, which in the end will lead to a revitalisation of the whole area.

The planned development is a joint project between the ACT Government and the owners of Westfield Woden, and has involved extensive consultations with a wide range of stakeholders and user groups over the past 18 months, including: the Woden Valley Community Council, Woden Senior Citizens, Woden Youth Centre and organisations representing vision impaired persons.

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Fixing the horrors of the Woden Bus Interchange
Grimm 12:32 pm 08 Aug 13

The reason people don’t want to go there is because it’s full of scumbags begging for change and trying to start fights. Spending money polishing a turd is not going to change that. The money would be better spent on paying for a permanent police presence at bus interchanges.

SheepGroper 12:28 pm 08 Aug 13

Widening Callam Street – so does that mean the street trees that were planted during the start of the big drought and carefully watered with leaky hoses to keep them alive will now be bulldozed?

Stevian 10:42 am 08 Aug 13

Martlark said :

The Belconnen interchange is pretty nice. It’s very close to shops so you don’t feel like you’re a outcast from society when waiting for a bus. Woden is disgusting, dirty and feels dangerous. Pull it down!

Have you ever been to Belconnen Interchange?

beardedclam 9:37 am 08 Aug 13

Katietonia said :

Honestly never found it to be that bad at the actual bus interchange… Then again I have lived in Eastern Europe.

I do agree about the dregs though, there is a particular guy that lurks around the Belconnen one sexually harassing women that I try to avoid. Walks with a limp, grey hair, short, always wearing a tracksuit.

The reason I don’t catch the bus is because it takes me twice as long as it would to drive.

Have you reported it to the police?

Katietonia 8:46 am 08 Aug 13

Honestly never found it to be that bad at the actual bus interchange… Then again I have lived in Eastern Europe.

I do agree about the dregs though, there is a particular guy that lurks around the Belconnen one sexually harassing women that I try to avoid. Walks with a limp, grey hair, short, always wearing a tracksuit.

The reason I don’t catch the bus is because it takes me twice as long as it would to drive.

Roundhead89 6:47 am 08 Aug 13

So-called improvements to Woden Interchange over the years have been disastrous. I remember in the 1980s a problem arose with kids hanging around the place, particularly the seating area next to the cafe known as the Snake Pit. The area was boarded up in the early 1990s and the problem largely went away. A couple of years later when I was collecting shopping trolleys in the area the Snake Pit was reconstructed and within minutes of it reopening the kids were back, worse than ever. Complaints by senior citizens were fobbed off with the explanation that “the area is now more open and more visible from the main Interchange”. I remember commenting to a few bus drivers that it should have either been left boarded up or else rebuilt abolishing the Snake Pit area altogether.

banco 11:21 pm 07 Aug 13

JC said :

God help Woden if the interchange is anything like the Westfield Belconnen Bus station. Looking at the talk it will be. Belconnen is nothing like the sales pitch. I mean to say lets look at the ‘lounge’, what bloody good is it without any real time information, or even at the least a copy of the scheduled departures. Also the actual stops provide insufficient shelter and seating considering the number of people that use the 4 stops.

That’s what smart phones are for.

HiddenDragon 10:38 pm 07 Aug 13

Can’t wait to see the light rail shooting down Callam Street – ho ho ho.

slashdot 10:29 pm 07 Aug 13

nuke it and all the people who hang out there from orbit, its the only way to be sure

http://i1.kym-cdn.com/photos/images/newsfeed/000/072/034/1275681680230.jpg

magiccar9 10:19 pm 07 Aug 13

Nothing like another government master plan to show how disconnected they are from the general population. Clearly they haven’t been to Woden interchange.the problem isn’t because its a little too far from the shops, or that it needs light rail. As previously stated the problem is with the degenerates who call it home. Couple that with the sh*t house service provided by ACTION and their dangerous drivers and you get the real reason people refuse to use public transport in this town.

So Mr Barr, you can throw all the cash you want at it, but the problem will still remain – it’ll just be masked by your hopes and dreams..,

Aeek 9:01 pm 07 Aug 13

First week in Canberra, I had the misfortune to experience the Woden Interchange Gents. Shit all over the walls. Way more than one dump.

Martlark 7:29 pm 07 Aug 13

The Belconnen interchange is pretty nice. It’s very close to shops so you don’t feel like you’re a outcast from society when waiting for a bus. Woden is disgusting, dirty and feels dangerous. Pull it down!

How_Canberran 6:46 pm 07 Aug 13

JC said :

God help Woden if the interchange is anything like the Westfield Belconnen Bus station. Looking at the talk it will be. Belconnen is nothing like the sales pitch. I mean to say lets look at the ‘lounge’, what bloody good is it without any real time information, or even at the least a copy of the scheduled departures. Also the actual stops provide insufficient shelter and seating considering the number of people that use the 4 stops.

And next you’ll want piped rainforest music

How Canberran

Madam Cholet 6:15 pm 07 Aug 13

The worst thing about any bus interchange anywhere are the dregs who seem to want to spend lots of time there being annoying to the population who just want to take public transport. What do they propose to do about that?

JC 5:30 pm 07 Aug 13

God help Woden if the interchange is anything like the Westfield Belconnen Bus station. Looking at the talk it will be. Belconnen is nothing like the sales pitch. I mean to say lets look at the ‘lounge’, what bloody good is it without any real time information, or even at the least a copy of the scheduled departures. Also the actual stops provide insufficient shelter and seating considering the number of people that use the 4 stops.

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