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Light rail build to nab half a carpark

By Charlotte Harper - 7 October 2015 51

An artist's impression of Canberra's light rail.

The ACT Government will use up to half of the Magistrates Court carpark on London Circuit as a construction compound during stage one of the building of Canberra’s light rail network.
Minister for Capital Metro Simon Corbell said the Government was in talks with Civic businesses and other stakeholders to ensure sufficient car-parking remained available during the construction.
There are about 255 spaces currently.
“In response to issues raised during consultation we have worked hard to identify options that reduce the possible area of the car park used for the compound and to provide additional parking supply,” Mr Corbell said.
“As a result the government has decided that the consortia that wins the contract to build stage one of Canberra’s light rail network will only be allowed to use half of the existing car park.
“The government is also proposing two options to maintain, or possibly increase, the current level of parking by either creating additional surface car parking through the reconfiguration of the Magistrates Court and Theatre car parks, as well as the creation of a temporary overflow car park off Theatre Lane, or through construction of a temporary parking structure on the remaining section of the Magistrates Court car park.”
The two options [set out in detail below] may open up an extra 40 spaces but vary in terms of implementation schedules. The Government will make a choice between the two after consulting further with stakeholders.
Disabled parking space numbers would be maintained in the area, Mr Corbell said.

THE OPTIONS OUTLINED

Option one
· Reconfiguration of Magistrates Court and Theatre car parks, plus temporary overflow car park off Theatre Lane
· Potentially up to 40 additional car spaces across the three sites
· Retention of up to 160 car spaces at the Magistrates Court site
· Addition of up to 140 spaces to the neighbouring Theatre car park and new overflow Theatre Lane area
· Completion in around 6 months with minimal impact on available parking while making the reconfiguration in stages
· No change to the number of disability accessible parking spaces at the Magistrates Court site

Option two
· Temporary parking structure in Magistrates Court car park
· Potentially up to 40 additional car spaces (consisting of a total of about 300 spaces on the Magistrates Court site)
· Completion in around 6 months (with half of the Magistrates car park being shut for this time due to the facility’s construction)
· No change to the number of disability accessible parking spaces at the Magistrates Court site

The website for Capital Metro is at www.capitalmetro.act.gov.au.

Image: Hassell

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Light rail build to nab half a carpark
Nilrem 12:12 pm 09 Oct 15

ungruntled said :

Skyring said :

All part of the plan. Make life as difficult and expensive as possible for drivers and they’ll turn to public transport.

No. They just get more & more angry & the rates of things like road rage & other anti social beaviours increase.

At present, they just don’t go at all – ask the business owners in Civic!

Bizarre. We live in one of the best places in one of the best countries in the world. And yet there we are a seething mass of resentment and anger. Time for a reality check?

rosscoact 11:15 am 09 Oct 15

chewy14 said :

I dont know why people are worried about this, those car parks are going to be subsumed by development in the next 10 years. Better get used to it.

This. IIRC the eastern carpark was released for a hotel site and the western carpark for hotel and the Court extension. My recollection was that they didn’t sell because of the requirement to pay for the block and also replace the parking made the project unviable. The carparks will definitely go, as they should, it’s prime commercial infill land. Major cities generally do not and should not have surface carparks in the centre of their commercial districts. It’s a waste of space.

JC 10:23 am 09 Oct 15

Skyring said :

All part of the plan. Make life as difficult and expensive as possible for drivers and they’ll turn to public transport.

And that is a bad thing?

PS you could also say people are being charged the true cost of providing all that ‘free’ or subsidised road and car parking infrastructure.

ungruntled 10:20 am 09 Oct 15

Skyring said :

All part of the plan. Make life as difficult and expensive as possible for drivers and they’ll turn to public transport.

No. They just get more & more angry & the rates of things like road rage & other anti social beaviours increase.

At present, they just don’t go at all – ask the business owners in Civic!

chewy14 9:54 am 09 Oct 15

I dont know why people are worried about this, those car parks are going to be subsumed by development in the next 10 years. Better get used to it.

Skyring 7:08 am 09 Oct 15

All part of the plan. Make life as difficult and expensive as possible for drivers and they’ll turn to public transport.

Arthur 9:19 pm 08 Oct 15

One has to question why the NAB bank would be building a car park, the fees would surely be exorbitant. I for one will now be taking my grand-kids into town via the tram and not the car.

rubaiyat 7:45 pm 08 Oct 15

Arthur Davies said :

Appart from the loss of car parking, look carefully at the drawing at the top. All the trees in Northbourne are to go & eventually be replaced (at quite some cost), but when they are replaced there will only be TWO rows not the original four. Has the revamped car parking, tree planting etc been included in the tram cost or is this all being sneaked in as a direct cost to Govt, so keeping the bid lower?

Arthur

Look forward to them lopping all the trees off at 5m to get your suspended soy sauce bottle monorail through.

How are they going with the brochure by the way? I can’t see any other progress.

Bit worrying when they can’t even knock up a cheap flyer at Snap Printing.

dungfungus 6:51 pm 08 Oct 15

Arthur Davies said :

Appart from the loss of car parking, look carefully at the drawing at the top. All the trees in Northbourne are to go & eventually be replaced (at quite some cost), but when they are replaced there will only be TWO rows not the original four. Has the revamped car parking, tree planting etc been included in the tram cost or is this all being sneaked in as a direct cost to Govt, so keeping the bid lower?

Arthur

Hmmm, I see your point.
Also, is that hot air balloon to be tethered permanently to hold up the catenary with skyhooks?

rosscoact 6:15 pm 08 Oct 15

rubaiyat said :

Also you might try lying across the path of the bulldozers or tying yourself to the Ticket Machines. Whatever it takes man! 🙂

Agreed. Unless there’s a willingness to set up a No Tram Embassy along the centre of Northbourne Ave you blokes aren’t really serious. You need to man up, stop whinging and take direct action. Expect to see burning of MLAs in effigy, picket lines, chaining yourself to trees, painting tram lines on the grass, full size cardboard tram models blocking intersections, the list goes on.

Come on sheeple, make a real stand. Catch the bus up from Tuggers and Burn Baby Burn!

Arthur Davies 4:43 pm 08 Oct 15

Appart from the loss of car parking, look carefully at the drawing at the top. All the trees in Northbourne are to go & eventually be replaced (at quite some cost), but when they are replaced there will only be TWO rows not the original four. Has the revamped car parking, tree planting etc been included in the tram cost or is this all being sneaked in as a direct cost to Govt, so keeping the bid lower?

Arthur

Nilrem 3:19 pm 08 Oct 15

OMFG. The trail of destruction that is the Tram continues apace. Not content with breaking the ACT Budget, and strangling the freedom of its citizens to turn Canberra’s roads into peak-hour parking lots, the dreaded ACT Gumment is salami-slicing our beloved car parks! It is time for all honourable citizens to rise.

rommeldog56 2:04 am 08 Oct 15

gooterz said :

One has to wonder if this was the plan all along?

Say your going to use half and everyone will object. You do nothing.

Say your going to use the whole thing. People object. You then say it’ll only be half and people are grateful.

Nether agency has tendered / let it be known how much space.

Never confuse rank stupidity & arrogence for rat cunning. That decision is systematic of the poor decisions taken by this ACT Labor/Gresns government – including on Light Rail.

rubaiyat 11:59 pm 07 Oct 15

gooterz said :

One has to wonder if this was the plan all along?

Say your going to use half and everyone will object. You do nothing.

Say your going to use the whole thing. People object. You then say it’ll only be half and people are grateful.

Nether agency has tendered / let it be known how much space.

I feel for you. The temporary loss of the whole or part of one of the extremely ugly car parks that mar our city must be deeply disturbing for someone of your faith.

Even though it is not the permanent loss of green space that we experience every single day in Canberra, I understand your Whitefella attachment to the broken bitumen, weeds and concrete as part of your culture.

I could help you with a “Save Our Car Parks” sticker if you like. Also you might try lying across the path of the bulldozers or tying yourself to the Ticket Machines. Whatever it takes man! 🙂

gooterz 10:03 pm 07 Oct 15

One has to wonder if this was the plan all along?

Say your going to use half and everyone will object. You do nothing.

Say your going to use the whole thing. People object. You then say it’ll only be half and people are grateful.

Nether agency has tendered / let it be known how much space.

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