Gungahlin residents encouraged to enter the virtual reality zone

Glynis Quinlan 5 October 2017

ACT Minister for Transport and City Services Meegan Fitzharris tries out the virtual reality experience.

Gungahlin residents wondering what the transport services in their town centre will look like once construction is completed are being given the chance to see for themselves through a virtual reality experience.

Adults and children of all ages can drop into The Marketplace near Big W and take part in the virtual reality experience which will give them a glimpse into the future of the new Gungahlin Bus Station and the Hibberson Street shared zone.

They can wander down Hibberson Street and Gungahlin Place and enjoy a 360-degree view of the finished works before construction has even started.

ACT Minister for Transport and City Services Meegan Fitzharris said that work will start this week on the bus station in Gungahlin Place and will carry through into 2018, with landscape works to be carried out in the 2018 planting season.

Construction of the Hibberson Street shared zone will start in early 2018, when the bus station is in operation. The shared zone will be a 20 km/h area between Gozzard Street and Gungahlin Place which will be able to be closed for weekends and special events. Click here for more details.

“This is an innovative way for us to demonstrate a how a big piece of infrastructure will look and feel before work has even started,” Ms Fitzharris said.

“We are very used to seeing designs on pieces of paper but to actually immerse yourself in the experience of what it will be like once it is finished is very exciting,” she said.

“A virtual reality experience will allow residents to see what the new bus station and shared zone will look like and how they will soon be able to move between transport services within the Gungahlin Town Centre.”

The virtual reality experience will be open near Big W from 10 am to 5 pm every day until October 20. Nearby there will also be up-to-date information on other road and transport projects in Gungahlin.

Some of the more interesting features of the virtual reality clip include:

  • new traffic lights at the intersection of Hibberson Street and Gungahlin Place to provide patron transfer between buses and light rail
  • bus platforms and bus facilities on both sides of Gungahlin Place, between Hibberson Street and Ernest Cavanagh Street
  • the light rail terminus on Hibberson Street, east of Gungahlin Place, within easy sight of the bus station platforms
  • a walk down Hibberson Street to experience the pedestrian-friendly nature of the one-way shared zone.

Ms Fitzharris said that during construction of the bus station, Gungahlin Place will be closed in both directions between Ernest Cavanagh Street and Hibberson Street. However, pedestrian access to local businesses next to the bus station will be maintained during the construction period.

If you are a Gungahlin resident what do you think of this idea? Is this an experience you would be keen to try? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below.

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