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Ten intersections closed every night this week for light rail signal testing

Glynis Quinlan 18 February 2019 58

Ten intersections will be closed every night this week to enable testing of the new light rail signalling system. File photo.

Ten intersections on Flemington Road, Federal Highway and Northbourne Avenue will close every night this week between 8 pm and 6 am to enable testing of the new light rail signalling system.

The closures began on 17 February and will occur every night until Saturday, 23 February. They will affect all southbound and northbound right-turning traffic, as well as traffic crossing through.

Canberra Metro said the tests are being carried out overnight to minimise disruption and in order to conduct them safely.

According to the organisation, diversions for motorists will be put in place and clearly sign-posted along the corridor.

The following intersections will be closed overnight until February 23:

  • Lysaght Street
  • Mitchell Resource Centre
  • Randwick Road
  • EPIC
  • Phillip Avenue
  • Swinden
  • Morphett and Murdoch Street
  • Macarthur-Wakefield Avenues
  • Masson-Girrahween Street
  • Elouera-Gould Street

There will also be a number of temporary closures this week at the remaining intersections along the light rail corridor between Mitchell and the City in order to give light rail vehicles priority to travel through. The intersections will be re-opened once they pass.

Construction work is continuing on the light rail corridor, with intersections to be affected by closures every night this week. Photo by Glynis Quinlan.

Canberra Metro said that light rail vehicles will always have priority at traffic lights, meaning the order of traffic light sequencing will vary for motorists, pedestrians and cyclists.

Motorists are being encouraged to plan ahead this week when travelling at night along the light rail corridor, with Canberra Metro saying it is important for the community to be aware, stay safe and obey the road rules as the environment changes around this corridor.

To see a map of the affected intersections or for more details please click here.


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61 Responses to Ten intersections closed every night this week for light rail signal testing
Nicholas Elizabeth Swain Nicholas Elizabeth Swain 5:54 pm 21 Feb 19

Definitely on wrong medication!

Christopher Gapp Christopher Gapp 7:59 am 20 Feb 19

This means it's getting closer! Can't wait! A few nights is a minor sacrifice for brilliance on tracks.

Robbie Wallace Robbie Wallace 4:26 am 20 Feb 19

Who needs a wall.... we built a light rail..... no beers at the Duxton or TuDo for us east siders this week 😮

Capital Retro 9:24 pm 19 Feb 19

I drove through Canberra city on Northbourne Avenue very early this morning and had to wait for cross traffic to pass (red light) at Barry Drive.

The "thump, thump" noise of motor vehicles crossing the tram lines was very loud.

I wouldn't like to be trying to get some sleep living in all those units planned for that area.

Jeremy Archer Jeremy Archer 8:53 pm 19 Feb 19

I’m guessing the danger to motorists today at the intersection on Flemington Rd at Franklin woolworths at 3pm was “unplanned”? Flashing orange lights in all directions with no traffic controllers? A lot of baffled rail

Workers and motorists. Hope the light rail opens this year.

Peter Bickerton Peter Bickerton 5:37 pm 19 Feb 19

Getting closer and I will be travelling to the city when this is up and running:-)

    Terry Butters Terry Butters 9:25 am 20 Feb 19

    Peter Bickerton I’ll be dead before I can do that from Kambah . . My rates get me bugger all, units and townhouses pay much less in rates . . Why?

    Peter Bickerton Peter Bickerton 10:38 am 20 Feb 19

    Terry Butters Hi Terry, suggest you speak to your local MLA to get an answer to your question. I am fortunate I will be one of the users of the new system when it is operational :-)

Michael Norris Michael Norris 5:21 pm 19 Feb 19

North Canberra will have mutually unintelligible Eastern and Western dialects by time the tram is finished.

    Wayne Williams Wayne Williams 6:55 pm 19 Feb 19

    The Northside has always struggled with that Michael lol

Maelinar 4:59 pm 19 Feb 19

This post has attracted a heap of negative nancies who need to take a chill pill for a few moments.

I am looking forward to taking a ride in the new Tram, as am I looking forward to the Woden and Tuggeranong link, and the Belconnen link. Go Canberra Trams !

    Kent Street 1:03 pm 20 Feb 19

    Tuggeranong link?

    Yeah, and I'm dating Elle McPherson.

Peter Brundish Peter Brundish 4:40 pm 19 Feb 19

How long before they are closed permanently to facilitate the tram?

Terry Butters Terry Butters 4:21 pm 19 Feb 19

Do we have customer usage, fare revenue, projected costs, net cost to the taxpayer, increase/decrease in bus transport use and revenue, impact on parking revenues in the CBD and the suburbs the tram services, estimated saving in time for users over car usage, impact on cycle path usage and cost of the cycle network growth. All this and more over the next 5 years?

    David Brown David Brown 7:21 pm 19 Feb 19

    Terry Butters Why would you want that? It is about being a modern city and implementing a 19th century transport system.

    Russ Morison Russ Morison 10:11 pm 19 Feb 19

    Terry-the Attorney General indicated the cost of Stage 1 to be in the order of $1.8B whole of life cost. Double it for Stage 2 and so on. Is it a good idea? If we can turnaround our patronage, it might help contribute to fare box revenue. But 29 years has proven that Canberrans are over public transport. I live in Theodore. Decided to go to the Multi Cultural festival. 1hr15 mins by bus, and I took the car-25 mins. What would you choose? Not much different week days. However, am waiting for Mr Rattenbury to tell me the government thinks it ought to consider and build a business case for Trackless Trams at a tenth of the cost. NO answer there because they would rather spend more on Light Rail. Buses are faster! The Light Rail business case did not stack up yet the government decided to go with it anyway. What does that tell you!

    Stuart Herring Stuart Herring 11:18 pm 19 Feb 19

    You know what else was invented in the 19th century?

    The car.

    I assume you don't use such an antiquated mode of transport yourself, David. Given how nothing invented that long ago can possibly be suited for a modern city.

    Julie Macklin Julie Macklin 12:00 am 20 Feb 19

    David Brown Like the car; invented 1885.

    David Brown David Brown 8:07 am 20 Feb 19

    Stuart Herring Yes it was but the car has moved on.

    David Brown David Brown 8:09 am 20 Feb 19

    I must have missed the ACT Government announcement that they are implementing cars at publc expense? 🤔

    Terry Butters Terry Butters 9:19 am 20 Feb 19

    Russ Morison you are dead right Russ, many studies showed that an expansion and modernisation of other than fixed rail was not only cheaper and flexible but any expansion or contraction would not incur huge infrastructure costs! Rail is not the way to go in a city the size of Canberra, a more efficient bus network is!

    Stuart Herring Stuart Herring 12:31 pm 20 Feb 19

    David Brown how has it moved on where rail hasn't?

    Most cars sold are still essentially the same as 100 years ago.

    The argument about it being "old" technology is completely irrelevant. If that's all you've got, you may as well stop wasting your time.

    If you have other arguments, invest your time in them instead.

Saji Titus Saji Titus 4:16 pm 19 Feb 19

Gungahlin is a hopeless mess these days, testimony to bad planning. Too many apartments and not enough parking. Internal roads getting clogged on weekends. Developers making hay while the sun shines...

The Barr and Rattenbury circus somehow believe the light rail will fix all this. They need pill testing more than anyone else.

    Terry Butters Terry Butters 4:26 pm 19 Feb 19

    Saji Titus they need to deflate their heads to something resembling normal and remove from their nether regions!

    John Wilson John Wilson 4:55 pm 19 Feb 19

    Do you not see, that more parking will make the roads even more clogged? Change you traveling behavior - walk, bus or ride a bike!

    Saji Titus Saji Titus 4:59 pm 19 Feb 19

    John Wilson need pill testing too. Walking to Belconnen is not an option, and the bus connection is lousy. Maybe I can hitch a ride on your bicycle?🙄

    Saji Titus Saji Titus 5:02 pm 19 Feb 19

    John Wilson And I'm talking about internal travel within Gungahlin. Havent tried going to the shopping centre on a bicycle. Might have to hitch the shopping trolley to the back of it..🤔

    Costanza Maffi Costanza Maffi 9:29 pm 19 Feb 19

    Saji Titus panniers, bike trailer, long bike, cargo bike... plenty of options 😎

    Saji Titus Saji Titus 9:31 pm 19 Feb 19

    Costanza Maffi I'd like to see you going to the shops in one of those. Pill testing for you too...🤔

    Stu Cook Stu Cook 10:41 pm 19 Feb 19

    They can have pill tests, and you can have an intelligence test

    Saji Titus Saji Titus 10:50 pm 19 Feb 19

    Stu Cook Seems like your IQ is cooked (bad pun, I know) by those pills. Get a life, cook man.

    Saji Titus Saji Titus 10:52 pm 19 Feb 19

    Or maybe stu-ed by dem pills. Hmm...too many bad puns. Got to stop now..

    Terry Butters Terry Butters 9:22 am 20 Feb 19

    Costanza Maffi ooh, how about a car? Then you could even take the family with you!

    John Wilson John Wilson 12:19 pm 20 Feb 19

    I'm amazed that people can't see the possible, nor what actually goes on around them. Every day, I see families riding together on bikes and I do carry all my shopping on the bike. It's so simple and a beautiful thing to do!

    Saji Titus Saji Titus 12:43 pm 20 Feb 19

    John Wilson Maybe so, John. And I admire you for that. But not everyone can or wants to shop on bikes or walk long distances to work. Good governments need to cater for everyone. This Government is trying to shoe horn everyone into their way of thinking.

    The more sinister aspect is the one eyed approach to town planning, and the sway the developers have. I live in the heart of Gungahlin and see the impact of bad planning every day. Canberra was a well planned city until this mob came to power.

    John Wilson John Wilson 1:06 pm 20 Feb 19

    Saji .. Canberra was planned for a small population living on large house blocks spread out into the hinterland and relying totally on the motor vehicle for movement. That is really not viable any longer.

    Saji Titus Saji Titus 1:19 pm 20 Feb 19

    John Wilson Partially true. The blocks are getting smaller, but the use of motor cars is not likely to go away. The arrival of autonomous electric cars run by the likes of Uber will only change the carbon footprint, not the need for investment in roads.

    The business case for the light rail was panned by a number of experts. This Government went ahead anyway, mainly on the KSH strategy (Keep Shane Happy) as he holds the balance of power. It is more to do with politics than having a grand strategy for infrastructure investment.

    On the other hand, Canberra Hospital is likely to run out of Emergency beds by Oct (reported by ABC on Monday). And has the longest ER waiting times in the country. Canberra also has the longest waiting times for residential aged care. The stats dont lie.

    Saji Titus Saji Titus 1:23 pm 20 Feb 19

    And yet we pay the highest rates and local Govt taxes in the land.

    Julie Macklin Julie Macklin 1:36 pm 20 Feb 19

    John Wilson The early plans of Canberra had designed trams in.

    John Wilson John Wilson 2:02 pm 20 Feb 19

    And I would counter, Saji - re the lack of hospital beds that we wouldn't be needing half of them if people started walking (and cycling) again. Lifestyle illnesses - obesity, lung and heart disease, diabetes, joint diseases etc are clogging our hospitals. As for more roads, induced demand will quicly take care of any short term amelioration in traffic density. :-)

    Saji Titus Saji Titus 2:10 pm 20 Feb 19

    John Wilson you have statistical evidence that 50% of people attending ER suffer from lack of exercise?

    Secondly, people like choose to exercise by playing sport, or after work. Also, my chosen spot for running happens to be in Belconnen.

    I respect your choice of exercises, but your choice does not need not be imposed on everyone, especially via a nanny state mentality.

    John Wilson John Wilson 2:51 pm 20 Feb 19

    All I can impose on anyone are my thoughts .. so that's probably pretty harmless in this case. Ciao :-)

    Saji Titus Saji Titus 2:55 pm 20 Feb 19

    John Wilson Thanks John. It was a good conversation, and your responses were considered. Unlike this other dude who told me to have my IQ tested, without offering any reason why I need to 🙄.

    May he is the town planner in charge of Gungahlin and took personal offence. 😜

    Costanza Maffi Costanza Maffi 3:01 pm 20 Feb 19

    Saji Titus I do, actually, always.

    Costanza Maffi Costanza Maffi 3:02 pm 20 Feb 19

    Terry Butters all my family ride bikes 😎😁

    Peter Mackay Peter Mackay 12:51 pm 23 Feb 19

    I have a bike and use it frequently, but some days it is hot or cold or wet and riding it is uncomfortable or unsafe. Or for longer journeys it would take too long.

    Yes, the original Canberra plans included trams, but Burley Griffin wasn’t envisioning a city anything like what we now have. Something bounded by Dickson, Red Hill and Yarralumla, with quarter acre blocks and wide streets. Barton, Ainslie, Griffith are surviving examples.

    We didn’t get a tram, we got buses, and when the city really began expanding in the Sixties, the transport model of the day was private cars and buses.

    The bus system worked very well and was well patronised in the Eighties when I arrived. The change to self-government saw the bus fleet remain stagnant and actually decline in size as the population grew. New development was aimed at minimising public cost and maximising private investment. So we got Gungahlin, full of small blocks, narrow streets, and transport bottlenecks. Limited public transport options, and that will remain the case, with most of the town well out of reach of the tram.

    By now, it is old technology and won’t reduce private car usage. Any reduction in road congestion will quickly be filled - we see what people are prepared to put up with now, and if travel times get shorter with fewer cars, there will be a fresh wave of commuters exploiting the advantage.

    Any extension south or west has to climb over hills - even getting over the lake is a significant challenge, leading to the ridiculous situation where bus routes to Woden or Belco are faster than any feasible tram, which must necessarily take a circuitous route to achieve a flatter gradient.

    Self-driving electric cars will take over the niches of current private and public transport within a few years. The advantages in efficiency, environment, safety, and above all economics make it a no-brainer. In ten years time nobody will bother to own a car, along with the need to garage it at night and park it during the day.

    Who is going to take a bus or tram, along with wait times and mode changes, when they can whistle up a cheap robot Uber for a door to door journey regardless of weather?

    If there's no driver to pay, running an Uber fleet is just a matter of maintaining the vehicles and banking the profits. TCO of a family sedan is currently around $250 a week; if we assume a robot car costs the same to operate, you can run it 24/7 offering rides at a dollar each and make 100% profit.

    Saji Titus Saji Titus 1:04 pm 23 Feb 19

    Peter Mackay Exactly. Well said.

Terry Butters Terry Butters 3:18 pm 19 Feb 19

This is a joke . . . Right?

    Terry Butters Terry Butters 3:26 pm 19 Feb 19

    David Brown what has happened to all the capable people? Is this a result of our Education System being a very poor 39th out of 41 on a Global Scale? It would explain Barr’s poor performance!

    David Brown David Brown 3:28 pm 19 Feb 19

    Terry Butters You may be right but I think it is simpler than that. Barr and his cronies, after being in government for 18 years, have decided they will never be defeated, so they are acting like Canberra is a mediaeval fiefdom.

    Tristan Corner Tristan Corner 3:35 pm 19 Feb 19

    Terry Butters David Brown Yeah some very mild inconvenience for testing the signal system for a train to make sure it doesn't kill anyone. Practically feudal Europe

    Terry Butters Terry Butters 3:43 pm 19 Feb 19

    Tristan Corner you are not wrong there!

David Brown David Brown 1:55 pm 19 Feb 19

Surely there is a better way?

Capital Retro 5:32 pm 18 Feb 19

Wouldn't it be easier to say: "GO TO YOUR HOMES AND AWAIT INSTRUCTIONS".

The fiasco is morphing into a farce.

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