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Parking Chaos at Belconnen Mall

By LSWCHP 24 April 2011 24

Last weekend I arranged to meet my wife at Belconnen Mall for a coffee and some shopping. She was very late, and eventually called me to say that she was stuck in a “giant cluster*fck” in the new upstairs carpark off Lathlain street. Apparently the whole carpark was gridlocked, so she couldn’t park and couldn’t get out. She rarely uses profanity, so I knew things mustn’t have looked very good. She eventually managed to escape, and showed up at the coffeshop about 30 minutes later. The total distance she travelled in that 30 minutes would have been about 300m.

This afternoon I went over to the mall to pick up a few things. I intended to go into the same carpark, but there was a queue of cars lined up outside the boom gates so I drove past. As far as I could tell the place was wedged tight, with no free spaces, and all lanes full of motionless cars. I found a spot further down Lathlain street, and walked back to the mall, which was absolutely chockers beyond belief with people shopping and milling around looking at the new shops.

When I left about 90 minutes later, the carpark seemed to be in the same state, with a queue outside the gates, and long lines of motionless cars stuck inside the gates.

The Easter long weekend might explain the congestion today, but last weekend was nothing special. Has anyone else tried to park in that carpark in recent weekends and had similar hassles? Is it a place to be avoided on the weekend?

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AlexS 12:18 pm 10 May 11

It is a F%^king joke, I would recommend going into civic (canberra city), cheaper and better parking, same shops, but a lot more shops to choose from them and Dendy is so much nicer then the well dated Hoyts in belco

LSWCHP 6:23 pm 26 Apr 11

dundle said :

Very Busy said :

Why didn’t you catch the bus instead?

Yes, there have been extensive bus services over Easter.

I’m glad somebody pointed that out.

Postalgeek 3:45 pm 26 Apr 11

Pommy bastard said :

Dacquiri said :

I have sent a couple of complaints to Westfield about the parking situation at Belconnen (a particular issue for me because I pay membership fees to Fernwood and so lose money when I can’t get to the gym because there’s nowhere to park). .

Ever thought of parking a few streets away and walking in? You may get a … errmmmm …bit of exercise too.

Rolfed Gold. I’m losing money and not being able to exercise by being denied the opportunity to pay for parking and save myself a walk.

Lazy I 3:02 pm 26 Apr 11

Lefty said :

That’s because everyone wants to park near the entrance to the mall.

Sounds similar to the usual McDonald’s story.. where there are 10 cars in the drive through but you can get out of the car, walk in and get served straight away.

I parked at Belconnen on the weekend in the outside car park across the road from Onya Bike (not sure of street names sorry), was about 250 meter walk to the entrance near Max Brenner and plenty of car parks available.

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