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State Circle one of the worst intersections in the world?

By johnboy - 8 December 2011 25

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Thanks to Erg0 who’s pointed out that back in 2007 Auto Express magazine listed Canberra’s own State Circle as one of the worst intersections in the world.

Admittedly coming in 11th of 11.

But is it really that bad? I can’t say I’ve ever had any trouble with it.

What’s Your opinion?


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State Circle one of the worst intersections in the world?
LSWCHP 8:46 pm 08 Dec 11

BenMac said :

From the link provided, the reviewer says,

It’s a massive roundabout that encircles the Parliament building – but it’s not very straightforward to drive round. Trying to get to the centre is frustrating; take the wrong road and you’re spat out the other side. Confusing signs make it even more difficult.

Um, has this person ever driven State Circle? Getting to the centre frustrating? I’d hate to see how they fare in a major city.

My point exactly. They’ve never been there. They’ve never seen or driven it. They have no idea what they’re writing about. I drove over that particular stretch of road yesterday at peak hour, and it was a dream.

BenMac 7:33 pm 08 Dec 11

From the link provided, the reviewer says,

It’s a massive roundabout that encircles the Parliament building – but it’s not very straightforward to drive round. Trying to get to the centre is frustrating; take the wrong road and you’re spat out the other side. Confusing signs make it even more difficult.

Um, has this person ever driven State Circle? Getting to the centre frustrating? I’d hate to see how they fare in a major city.

buzz819 7:22 pm 08 Dec 11

trevar said :

Johnboy, how do you know he meant State Circle? Just going by the picture, that includes Parliament Drive, Capital Circle and State Circle (State Circle isn’t even there in its entirety). The rest of the description indicates that London Circuit is a mistake, and we can eliminate Parliament Drive since he wanted to get to the centre and Parliament Drive is as close as you can get; but that still leaves both Capital Circle and State Circle as his intended thoroughfare. And neither of them are intersections!

At any rate, the only thing that’s certain is that this James bloke is a nit and he can’t read a map!

Saying State Circle is one of the worst intersections in the world is like saying the Hume Highway is one of the worst harbours in the world; it might be true, but that’s only because it’s not a harbour! I could just as easily say my driveway is one of the worst highways in the world, and be just as accurate!

I think you can safely say that he IS talking about State Circle, as I just drove London Circuit, and found that it was not surrounding Parliament house, more just court houses, a Police station and a theatre. If you read the artice, I believe it spells it out quite nicely that it is state circle.

Spykler 7:21 pm 08 Dec 11

Jethro said :

Starke Street and Southern Cross Drive.

By far the worst intersection I know of in Canberra.

+1- certainly the worst I have seen for a long time, anywhere..closely followed by its brother in pain, the intersection of Florey drive and Southern Cross Drive.

LSWCHP 7:02 pm 08 Dec 11

This is content-free bogus nonsense perpetrated by boofheads who obviously have no clue what they’re writing about.

Jethro 6:57 pm 08 Dec 11

Starke Street and Southern Cross Drive.

By far the worst intersection I know of in Canberra.

bronte 6:00 pm 08 Dec 11

I think the problem that this reviewer has with this road is the belief that it is, in fact, an intersection or roundabout, when we all know it isn’t – it’s a road that happens to go in a circle. Roundabouts don’t tend to allow one to go in either direction around them. And if he is actually referring to Capital Circle, it’s more of a bypass than anything else. Either way, not an intersection in any sense, certainly not when compared with the other interchanges on the list.

trevar 4:49 pm 08 Dec 11

Oh, was wrong: David Ross is a nit. James Disdale is just a lazy editor.

trevar 4:48 pm 08 Dec 11

Johnboy, how do you know he meant State Circle? Just going by the picture, that includes Parliament Drive, Capital Circle and State Circle (State Circle isn’t even there in its entirety). The rest of the description indicates that London Circuit is a mistake, and we can eliminate Parliament Drive since he wanted to get to the centre and Parliament Drive is as close as you can get; but that still leaves both Capital Circle and State Circle as his intended thoroughfare. And neither of them are intersections!

At any rate, the only thing that’s certain is that this James bloke is a nit and he can’t read a map!

Saying State Circle is one of the worst intersections in the world is like saying the Hume Highway is one of the worst harbours in the world; it might be true, but that’s only because it’s not a harbour! I could just as easily say my driveway is one of the worst highways in the world, and be just as accurate!

bitzermaloney 4:38 pm 08 Dec 11

Without a shaddow of doubt:

1. The revised Glenloch Interchange, with particular reference to the ridiculous turn-off to Parkes Way when heading north; closely followed by:

2. The on-ramp from Kings Ave onto Parkes Way heading West. Why on earth wasn’t this extended another 100 – 200m to allow a proper merge?

Both make State Circle look like a German autobahn.

Holden Caulfield 4:00 pm 08 Dec 11

Geelong Street/Canberra Ave in Fyshwick is worse.

Thoroughly Smashed 3:56 pm 08 Dec 11

State Circle’s an intersection?

Spectra 3:49 pm 08 Dec 11

And then, there’s this gem about a Japanese road (number 9):

If the junction wasn’t confusing enough, you also have to contend with Japanese signs.

Really? It’s a terrible intersection because the signs are in the language that 99.9% of people in the country speak? Really? There’s so much wrong with that idea that I don’t even know where to begin. I just…I don’t even…

I say we all just walk away from the AutoExpress site and pretend it never existed. It will be better for everyone.

Spectra 3:45 pm 08 Dec 11

Rather confusingly, the article refers to it as “London Circuit” (which, as any local or person with even the most basic of map-reading skills knows, is a wholly unrelated road on the other side of the lake). Is it possible they in fact have not the faintest idea which “intersection” they’re even talking about? And even if they /are/ talking about State circle, if that’s really the 11th worst intersection in the world, the world’s roads are in /way/ better shape than I thought.

Erg0 3:40 pm 08 Dec 11

Actually, I should correct myself: it’s number 10, for some reason “Google Earth” is number 1.

I’ve always found the whole layout a little unintuitive, but I agree that there must be worse places in the world – in Australia, even.

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