New details about the Woden CIT precinct and public transport interchange project have been released, as the ACT Government opens consultation on the site’s open spaces.
The government says the new CIT Campus will be home to around 6500 students, and about 10,000 commuters are expected to move through the new public transport interchange each day.
The project includes a new pedestrian boulevard that will connect the Callam Street interchange to the campus and a new shared zone linking Bowes and Bradley Streets, with links to the Woden Town Square and mall.
An indicative layout of the precinct has been released showing new green spaces and the proposed pedestrian boulevard.
Based on the feedback to date, three secure public bike enclosures and public toilets are being planned in addition to the facilities provided within the new CIT building for students and staff.
One of the bike enclosures and public toilets is proposed for the new park between Grand Central Towers, CIT Woden and the new Woden Transport Interchange.
The consultation report on the proposed new local access shared zone has also been released, and feedback shows a desire for shade trees, seating and meeting places, drop off and pick up points, and a preference for garden beds over grassed areas.
Transport and City Services Minister Chris Steel said the government wanted to hear from the community about their preferences in the precinct and the boulevard so this could be fed directly into the next stage of design work, following the appointment of a construction partner in early 2022.
“Our aim is to deliver a modern, vibrant and well-connected space, so we want to hear from locals about how you will use and access this new precinct,” Mr Steel said.
“We are consulting on features like active travel, wayfinding, safety and what you want to see included in a revitalised Woden Town Centre.”
Mr Steel said the new pedestrian axis delivered a crucial part of the Woden Town Centre Master Plan and would be built in place of the current road in the old interchange.
“This is an important new pedestrian connection in Woden and we want the community’s ideas on what elements would make it a welcoming place to dwell as well as pass through,” he said.
The shared zone will prioritise pedestrians, have a speed limit of 10 km/h for vehicles and include safe cycle routes.
“We heard that shade, shelter, seating, active travel, landscaping and a communal atmosphere matter most in this pedestrian-focused area,” Mr Steel said.
Key early works are already underway, with road improvements and new bus layovers and facilities on track for completion in 2022. Construction on the new interchange will commence in the coming months.
“We’ve got a busy period of construction ahead of us as we work to rejuvenate this part of the Woden Town Centre. I’d like to thank the Woden community and businesses in advance for their engagement with shaping this project, and their patience as we get on with delivering it,” Mr Steel said.
A development application to demolish the current interchange is expected in August 2022, with a DA for the CIT mid to late 2022.
The Callam Street interchange is expected to be up and running by late 2022.
To contribute to the consultation, visit the YourSay website.