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Katie Gallagher betrays Aranda on GDE 80kph

By I-filed 3 November 2011 72

Katie Gallagher made an extraordinary statement on 666 this morning, in the course of a discussion of discontent about the 80km speed limit on the GDE.

Katie made it clear that she thinks 80kph is too low. When it was pointed out by the 666 presenter that the ACT Government had made a commitment to Aranda residents to keep the speed to 80 to avoid excessive traffic noise, this is what the Chief Minister said – verbatim: “Now that we have delivered on our commitment to the residents of Aranda to keep the speed limit to 80, the traffic authority will review the speed limit”.

In other words, don’t EVER trust any commitment an ACT Labor government makes.

I’m still bewildered at how Katie can claim that her government has “delivered” on the promise if they then immediately renege on it.

I’d also like to point out that the environmental impact of cars travelling at 100 kph is much higher than at 80. The Greens should intervene both because of the betrayal of Aranda residents, and on environmental grounds.


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yellowsnow 11:30 pm 04 Nov 11

Thoroughly Smashed said :

Some people seem to be carrying on as if this is the most important thing to happen in their lives. Utterly bizarre. I don’t mind if they make it 100km/hr, but I really don’t care if they don’t.

+1

Wise words, succinctly put

Gungahlin Al 8:13 pm 04 Nov 11

Kent Street said :

I’m more concerned about how a government minister made that stupid commitment in the first place.
I’m assuming that it was Hargreaves.
Why didn’t he just erect a wall of noise-absorbing Al Grasby statues along the perimeters?

Gold!

I-filed 4:50 pm 04 Nov 11

Kent Street said :

I’m more concerned about how a government minister made that stupid commitment in the first place.

It’s Labor short-termism and opportunism. Julia Gillard signing off with Andrew Wilkie and then trying to figure out how not to wear the consequences is the federal equivalent.

Kent Street 4:30 pm 04 Nov 11

I’m more concerned about how a government minister made that stupid commitment in the first place.
I’m assuming that it was Hargreaves.
Why didn’t he just erect a wall of noise-absorbing Al Grasby statues along the perimeters?

Thoroughly Smashed 12:04 pm 04 Nov 11

MissChief said :

Driving at 80klm on that road feels unsafe at the moment as other drivers come off the Tuggeranong Expressway at 100klm and end up tail-gating and weaving in and out of slower more law abiding drivers. The frustration is palatable.

Better than being unpalatable, I’d have thought.

And for those struggling with the idea of there being a difference between the design speed and posted speed, this is hardly anything new.

Some people seem to be carrying on as if this is the most important thing to happen in their lives. Utterly bizarre. I don’t mind if they make it 100km/hr, but I really don’t care if they don’t.

Classified 10:30 am 04 Nov 11

aevans said :

Martlark said :

The speed limit of a road should be based on what is the safest operational speed, not the maximum possible speed. As this road has been designed for 90k, I can’t really see how it could have a 100k speed limit.

Nice in theory … but Canberra’s biggest issue is not generally law-abiding drivers that go within 10km/h of the speed limit plus or minus most of the time, but a few crazies that will go double the speed limit no matter what it is. An amazing number have a P plate on the back too.

Exactly.

shadow boxer 10:18 am 04 Nov 11

Martlark said :

The speed limit of a road should be based on what is the safest operational speed, not the maximum possible speed. As this road has been designed for 90k, I can’t really see how it could have a 100k speed limit.

It is designed for 100 kmh

http://www.canberratimes.com.au/news/local/news/general/sound-of-speed-on-gde/2345792.aspx

If it is designed for 100 why wouldn’t the speed limit be 100 ? do we not trust our road designers, presumably they know what they are doing more than any of the other vested interests.

aevans 10:06 am 04 Nov 11

Martlark said :

The speed limit of a road should be based on what is the safest operational speed, not the maximum possible speed. As this road has been designed for 90k, I can’t really see how it could have a 100k speed limit.

Nice in theory … but Canberra’s biggest issue is not generally law-abiding drivers that go within 10km/h of the speed limit plus or minus most of the time, but a few crazies that will go double the speed limit no matter what it is. An amazing number have a P plate on the back too.

Classified 10:03 am 04 Nov 11

Martlark said :

The speed limit of a road should be based on what is the safest operational speed, not the maximum possible speed. As this road has been designed for 90k, I can’t really see how it could have a 100k speed limit.

It would be very safe at 10 km/h.

aevans 10:01 am 04 Nov 11

In Calgary they put big walls around the freeways to protect communities from noise. They aren’t very pretty but they work like a charm.

Martlark 9:53 am 04 Nov 11

The speed limit of a road should be based on what is the safest operational speed, not the maximum possible speed. As this road has been designed for 90k, I can’t really see how it could have a 100k speed limit.

puggy 9:43 am 04 Nov 11

Aeek said :

I am all for 90/100 between Belconnen Way and the Barton Highway.
North of that, the intersections aren’t up to higher speeds.

I think you mean south? In any case, I was thinking exactly this last night. I’d settle for 80kph between Belconnen Way and Glenloch, and 90kph from Belconnen Way to Barton highway. Maybe that’s a good compromise?

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