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Just how bad is William Hovell Drive?

By johnboy 22 February 2012 25

At the last election 5% of the population voted for the Australian Motorists Party and for no one else at all.

The Liberals appear determined to at least get second preferences from One Nation on Wheels voters and so today we have Vicki Dunne weeping for the commuters of West Belconnen.

The car park that is William Hovell Drive for Canberra’s morning commuters is being ignored by ACT Labor, according to Member for Ginninderra, Vicki Dunne.

“For too long, West Belconnen residents in particular have had to put up with long traffic queues and delays on William Hovell Drive,” Mrs Dunne said.

“These delays are exacerbated by as yet unresolved traffic congestion on the exit from the GDE to Parkes Way.

“I am concerned that the GDE, a road delivered ten years late and at twice the original budget, still does not deliver the efficient traffic flows it promised.

“So, today I will be introducing a motion calling the government to action.

“My motion calls on the government to gather traffic data, analyse it and then report to the Assembly by 1 May on the results.

“It also calls on the government to tell the Assembly and the people of Canberra, particularly those stuck in traffic, what its strategy will be to alleviate the congestion.

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ka1042 1:28 pm 31 Mar 12

+1.

My solution, just improve public transport and build more bus lanes and not make them T2. Reading Alistair?

knuckles said :

Yes, I demand that the ACT Government spend billions of dollars so that I can leave home at the time of my choosing, even if it is the same time as thousands of others, and not be inconvenienced at all, not even by 5 minutes.

I also demand that the Government find the funding to carry out said improvements without raising taxes or charges at all. If they do I will have another almighty whinge on various public forums and will vote against the government for a single interest party at the next election, even if they have no idea how to manage the ACT.

Jethro 6:21 am 24 Feb 12

knuckles said :

Yes, I demand that the ACT Government spend billions of dollars so that I can leave home at the time of my choosing, even if it is the same time as thousands of others, and not be inconvenienced at all, not even by 5 minutes.

I also demand that the Government find the funding to carry out said improvements without raising taxes or charges at all. If they do I will have another almighty whinge on various public forums and will vote against the government for a single interest party at the next election, even if they have no idea how to manage the ACT.

+1….. the traffic along William Hovell really isn’t that bad. Instead of taking 25 minutes to get from outer Belco to Parkes, peak hour traffic slows the travel time to maybe 35 minutes.

When you consider that almost everyone who travels from outer Belco along William Hovell sits by themselves in a family sized car and ends up in Civic or Parkes, you’ve got to wonder if it wouldn’t be a whole lot cheaper and efficient to do something like introduce pay parking in Parkes, maintain pay parking in civic, but provide free or heavily discounted parking for people who carpool with 3 or more people in the car.

If the government actually made the effort to really encourage car pooling you could see the traffic on that road plunge dramatically.

For those who don’t want to car pool, why not try leaving 20 minutes earlier?

wildturkeycanoe 5:10 am 24 Feb 12

The traffic lights are the real cause here. Flyover would solve it, getting rid of traffic trying to get to Coppins Crossing from Coulter Dr. Also, the merging of all traffic to one lane just before the lights exasperates the issue. Aren’t they going to make this an 80 zone in the near future too because of all the accidents? Backwards engineering if you ask me.
Still, it’s a more pleasant drive than going down Belco way to get to Civic.
I hate traffic lights…I hate traffic lights….I hate traffic lights…..especially when I’m stuck behind a snail in the right hand lane.

PrinceOfAles 11:36 pm 23 Feb 12

Why not start by removing the eastbound overtaking lane (where both directions go down to 1 lane) just before Coulter Dr and using it to duplicate the westbound lane. The eastbound lane merges just after the Coulter lights so I don`t really think it would be much of a loss. Realign Coppins Crossing Rd so it meets up with Coulter and make it an interchange like Parkes Way/Kings Ave.

knuckles 8:50 pm 23 Feb 12

Yes, I demand that the ACT Government spend billions of dollars so that I can leave home at the time of my choosing, even if it is the same time as thousands of others, and not be inconvenienced at all, not even by 5 minutes.

I also demand that the Government find the funding to carry out said improvements without raising taxes or charges at all. If they do I will have another almighty whinge on various public forums and will vote against the government for a single interest party at the next election, even if they have no idea how to manage the ACT.

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