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Monorail idea?

By Thumper 11 January 2006 25

After being in Sydney recently I was, as usual, taken by the effectiveness of the monorail and its ability to effectively and efficiently get people around the CBD, namely darling harbour. And they still wouldn’t let me eat the cute little blue fish they have at The Blue Fish Restaurant. false advertising I reckon.

Anyway, they have a monorail. I want one.

Given this, I propose that the ACT come up with their own monorail thus removing the need for cars to be driven anywhere at lunch times and indeed possibly leading to cars being parked outside the CBD, thus allowing it to be less conjested, which is something I think everyone would agree is a good idea.

Now, this monorail, in my view, would start somewhere down near Haig Park, Girrahween Street, would proceed down the centre of Northbourne Avenue towards Civic before hanging a left on Cooyong Street.

It would then continue all the way around to the National Convention Centre before hanging a left on Constitution Avenue. From here it would zip off toweards Russell Offices before going across Kings Avenue Bridge.

Once across the lake it would follow King edward terrace before winding back onto Commonwealth Avenue and back across the lake hanging a right on London Cct.

Once it reached london Cct it would then wind its way all around until hitting University Avenue before going right on Marcus Clark St and then proceeding back towards its starting point.

Okay, it will never happen, and it probably needs a tad more planning, but it would be pretty cool.

Of course, we could just have light rail.

What’s Your opinion?


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benett 9:33 pm 13 Jan 06

Beam me up. My spelling needs upgrading…

benett 9:33 pm 13 Jan 06

Could there be a cafe car withing the monorail veichle ? So I can eat my tai food whilst traveling from civic east to the ANU ? I probably wouldn’t have time to eat the entire meal. But the idea sounds good doesn’t it. Remember, don’t give beggars money. They just repeat offend…

bonfire 10:34 am 13 Jan 06

i agree monorail is not suitable for canberra, but lightrail would be perfect. it can be built to be unobtrusive.

Bodhichitta 10:09 am 13 Jan 06

The trouble Adelaide has with its Obahn is that for some reason, when they try to expand it people get upset.
Its nuts, the obahn is unobtrusive, its quite, they have created parks around it so that you can take a stroll in some of the areas and not know there is a major bus route close by (and also gives a nice view when on the buses)…Also it allows for quick and easy access to the city, cheap, use one form of transport the whole way…the pro’s for it are endless (well not quite, but many).

It takes about 15 minutes to go from Tea Tree Plaza to the center of the city. A trip that would take at least 30 minutes by car (and more likely about 3/4 of an hour).

Monorail? The beauty of Canberra is its bush surrounds…every interstate and international visitor Ive had have been impressed with the way you can stand almost anywhere in canberra and see predominately bushland. Why ruin that with a hulking monorail jutting up and ruining the landscape?

I dont see why we need to compete with Sydney (they have a monorail so we need one) BAH!

bonfire 3:33 pm 12 Jan 06

which is why adelaide are expanding their lightrail.

its a great ‘system’ but its proprietary.

the bus lobby were hoping to sell something similar here.

i noted on the london tube that some lines had carriages with lcd screens playing news and ads.

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