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Proposed new Bus Routes: Giralang punished

By Tempestas 22 November 2007 30

The proposed new bus routes are up here.

Giralang, successful in keeping its Primary School however is to be punished.

No longer will Giralang residents have a direct bus to Civic, nor will there be a direct bus route to the nearest shops – Kaleen Plaza.
The proposed frequencies if they follow the current patterns will mean 2 buses from Gunghalin arriving seconds apart for a trip to Belconnen then a change to a intertown or express.

The lack of a local shops (apart from the Vietnamese restaurant) will make Giralang a no go zone for the elderly and other non-driving residents.

Maybe other suburbs are also to be punished. Best check your route out now

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Nemo 7:46 pm 26 Nov 07

Why do Giralang residents think they are so bad done by??

No shops, schools or buses…welcome to Stanhopia.

At least Giralang had some services to start with, a number of suburbs built within the last 10 yrs dont and will not ever have the services Giralang residents are crying about losing. It’s the new norm.

poppy 7:34 pm 26 Nov 07

Action staff have been ordered to remove signs which had been placed around Giralang by concerned residents. Obviously, Action wants to keep the changes quiet.

Skidbladnir 3:53 pm 26 Nov 07

DMD, I think the -normal- justification for light rail in Canberra is that we need to start planning now, while we don’t quite need it, so that when we -do- need it we have the ability to use it.
Rather than do like we’re doing with nationawide broadband now, and forever play catchup.

sepi 3:42 pm 26 Nov 07

But you can’t put it in once the city has 3Million people. You need to actually plan in advance.

Deadmandrinking 3:02 pm 26 Nov 07

Um, barney, does canberra really have the numbers on public transport to justify light rail? I’m not arguing, I don’t actually know. But I kind of think this town may still be a little too small to justify such an expensive venture when improved buses would do just fine.

barney 11:42 pm 25 Nov 07

3 words: LIGHT RAIL NOW!

Deano 11:03 pm 25 Nov 07

in addition, airports don’t have pirate ships so if there were pirates in Giralang why would they want to catch a bus to the airport?

There are plenty of pirates at the airport – they run the car parks!

moneypenny2612 11:08 am 25 Nov 07

Watson also loses a service – which is crazy considering that North Watson is a growing residential area. ACTION wants to put the weekend service on 7 days a week – a big loop around Watson then into the city via Downer.

While it seems that the frequency of service will improve a bit on weekdays, it will be a more indirect service – which does not equal a net improvement.

Also, I work on National Circuit and it looks like there is a loss of services along there outside the very short “peak periods” – with rumours about pay parking being introduced for the government offices in Barton / Forrest / Parkes, it seems crazy to cut services through there. I have a horrible feeling that between 5.40pm and 7.30pm weekdays, i will have to wait an hour, instead of 20-30 minutes, for a bus (I often work after 6pm)

ALso, why isn’t the bus network planning to use GDE for expresses to City or Woden? They should be planning for Gunghalin to be linked to Belco, Woden, and Civic as frequently as other town centres. Instead it looks like Gunghalin is still a backwater for ACTION.

Tempestas 1:19 pm 24 Nov 07

Good question sepi, judging by the lack of us too posts here there are lots of suburbs that don’t feel they have something to complain about.
Hulby the Giralang Residents action groups email seems not to be working.

Hulby 10:54 am 24 Nov 07

Yeah not happy re. Girlang lossing it’s 30 to Kaleen/City/Woden etc.

I ran into Bill Stefaniak Friday (23/11)and brought this issue to his attention. He seemed surprised but interested in hearing me out. I followed up with an email to him.
I’ve also brought it to the attention of the Giralang Action Group.
I suggest other Girlang/Kaleen residents who feel short changed also make your feelings known to the MLAs.
Also the proposed ‘shops’ for Girlang are pathetic. 3 tiny shops, heaps of townhouses and hardly any carparking.
If concerned speak to Girlang Action Group of MLA.

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