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Northbourne Plaza, Alinga St light rail stop designs go to NCA

By Ian Bushnell - 21 August 2017 7

Plaza illustration

An artist’s impression of the proposed Northbourne Plaza. Stage 2 of light rail will start from the green space. Source: ACT Government.

Plans to transform the area in between the Sydney and Melbourne buildings on Northbourne Avenue into a plaza have gone to the National Capital Authority for approval and public comment.

The ACT Government has also submitted the design of the Alinga Street light rail stop to the NCA.

The design of the light-rail driven Northbourne Plaza redevelopment in Civic includes the moving of bus stops and layover space in front of the heritage-listed buildings so the verges can be widened.

Minister for Transport and City Services Meegan Fitzharris said the redevelopment would rejuvenate this part of the city, creating more space for pedestrians and cyclists and enabling outdoor dining.

The Minister said the Alinga Street light rail stop would be one of the busiest on the Stage 1 route.

“It will eventually feature as a meeting spot for people travelling through to Canberra’s south once Stage 2 takes shape,” Ms Fitzharris said.

tram stop

The Alinga Street stop will be one of the busiest of on the Stage 1 route.

The Minister said the plans showed how the city centre would be reinvigorated by smart, attractive design.

“The light rail network will boost Canberra’s sustainable growth by changing and improving transport options, settlement patterns and employment opportunities. It is fundamentally about the renewal of our urban centres,” she said.

When light rail stage 1 is completed the median would be a clear open space ready for the construction of Light Rail Stage 2.

For more information and to comment go to https://www.nca.gov.au/.

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7 Responses to
Northbourne Plaza, Alinga St light rail stop designs go to NCA
dungfungus 9:37 am 06 Sep 17

Another blunder exposed: http://www.abc.net.au/news/2017-09-05/growing-trees-for-northbourne-ave/8873802

What will happen when the trees are planted along the tram track on Northbourne without the bird-proof netting? The white cockatoos will strip them bare, that’s what will happen.

JC 6:51 pm 21 Aug 17

Maya123 said :

I would like to have seen the Sydney and Melbourne buildings retained and upgraded, not bulldozed. Surely they are heritage. If they are retained in the artist’s impression, I can’t recognise them.

The light rail stop is opposite the Novotel hence why the Sydney and Melbourne buildings are not in the ‘impression’ above.

ChrisinTurner 5:34 pm 21 Aug 17

I can’t see any wind protection on the stops. Could be uncomfortable with a strong breeze and/or rain coming from the south.

dungfungus 2:58 pm 21 Aug 17

Maya123 said :

I would like to have seen the Sydney and Melbourne buildings retained and upgraded, not bulldozed. Surely they are heritage. If they are retained in the artist’s impression, I can’t recognise them.

The first image is where stage 2 starts – the Sydney and Melbourne buildings are still there.

Lucy Baker 12:42 pm 21 Aug 17

The illustrator has left out the traffic lights etc. plus it doesn’t look as though they are expecting a crowd of commuters under those narrow roofs!

Maya123 11:18 am 21 Aug 17

I would like to have seen the Sydney and Melbourne buildings retained and upgraded, not bulldozed. Surely they are heritage. If they are retained in the artist’s impression, I can’t recognise them.

Arjay 7:33 am 21 Aug 17

The proposed ‘Northbourne Plaza’ is a bit dissapointing. Is a flat grassed square with a single gravel path really the best they could do ahead of Light Rail Stage 2?

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