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Traffic changes as they build a brighter Belconnen

By johnboy - 3 March 2009 33

TAMS are trying to explain what they’re doing to traffic in Belconnen as they try to redress the many mistakes of the past.

    As part of the Belconnen Town Centre improvements, Cohen Street will be extended from Lathlain Street through Joynton Smith Drive and the existing bus interchange to Emu Bank. In conjunction with these works, the extension of the Westfield Mall will take place along Lathlain Street and over Joynton Smith Drive.

    The project will also see the existing bus interchange decommissioned on 25 May 2009. During the redevelopment process, temporary bus stations will be located on Cohen Street, Lathlain Street and Cameron Avenue. These bus stations will provide connections to all bus routes passing through the Belconnen Town Centre. Bus patrons wanting to visit the Westfield Belconnen can use the Lathlain Street stop, with other stops further east more suited to people wishing to access offices, the college and community facilities.

    As part of the overall Cohen Street Extension Project a number of new traffic lights will also be installed at key intersections to manage the changed traffic arrangements and improve access for pedestrians and cyclists. New traffic lights include:

    — Benjamin Way/Emu Bank
    — Emu Bank/Eastern Valley Way
    — Cohen Street/Josephson Street
    — Cohen Street/Nettlefold Street
    — Cohen Street/Lathlain Street

For bus user’s there’s a dedicated page explaining the process.

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montana 5:06 pm 27 May 09

the traffic lights seem to be operational now.

anyone have any thoughts on this improvement to the town centre?

i personally think it is a waste of money. those areas never get busy enough to warrant traffic lights.

now its just frustrating to motorists driving at night time having to wait for lights to turn green

montana 2:21 pm 06 Apr 09

great, more traffic lights.

they could have at least made a left turn slip lane on eastern valley way turning left onto emu bank. at the moment there doesnt look to be one planned.

JC 4:53 pm 04 Mar 09

p1 said :

Here here!

I think that an actual interchange would have been a much better idea then this. Perhaps moving it, so that it doesn’t have quite the isolated scary feeling that it does now, but Westfield have had the last twenty five years to pretty up the walk in through the Grace Bros. Myer carpark, but never got around to it.

I notice your sly use of the name Grace Bros in your post. Now here is a little bit of history for you. When opened there was no Grace Bros at Belconnen, the shop was in fact a Myer, same too with the car park. Not long after it opened Myer purchased Grace Bros and decided to rebrand all Myer stores in NSW/ACT Grace Bros. If I recall for years after the name was changed to Grace Bros the carpark still carried the Myer Carpark name!

caf 2:21 pm 04 Mar 09

College St seems to be being widened at the moment as well.

PM 1:38 pm 04 Mar 09

The bus interchange has already been blocked off – it isn’t being used. Hence increased traffic along Lathlain.

Kramer 1:32 pm 04 Mar 09

The current busway really cuts Belconnen in half. I reckon the new layout will really revitalise the upper part of Belconnen around Lathlain & Cohen streets. Whereas for the last couple of decades the mall has made it quite hard for anything to exist outside of their walls (notice that very few businesses have an outward facing presence at the mall?).

It’s happening now (probably end of FY spend, as someone else said), so the only things which may get in the way is Westfield holding up their end of the bargain. The traffic light posts were going in this morning at the top of Cohen street, and it looked like they were about to start laying the new road surface for the western exchange on Cohen street – so maybe the bus interchange will be gone during April as promised!

p1 9:55 am 04 Mar 09

Oh, and eliminating the bus way is crazy! The chances of a genuine, no stops, no lights, bus way being built anywhere else in the city are f%#@all, and they want to remove the one we DO have.

p1 9:53 am 04 Mar 09

That is about right. There is NO new interchange at all, just a whole heap of bus stops with the buses being funnelled through Westfield. Even the dedicated bus lane is gone under this new plan. One of the worst decisions I have ever seen in my life. An upgrade of the current interchange would have been given a better overall result to Belco residents. And screw Westfield, it isn’t as if the walk from the current Interchange is all that far, and if they wanted better access they could have made changes to the Myer carpark to faciliate better access.

Here here!

I think that an actual interchange would have been a much better idea then this. Perhaps moving it, so that it doesn’t have quite the isolated scary feeling that it does now, but Westfield have had the last twenty five years to pretty up the walk in through the Grace Bros. Myer carpark, but never got around to it.

JC 7:32 am 04 Mar 09

Tempestas said :

Its not clear from both the ACTION and the ACTPLA pages, but it looks like you might need to traverse the three Belconnen bus stops to change busses. That is going to majorly suck.
Conversely if every Belconnen bus goes via each of these three stops its going to add serious delays to every bus into and out of Belconnen.

Surely the approach should be, build new interchange, decommision old interchange, let Westfield do what they want afterwards.

That is about right. There is NO new interchange at all, just a whole heap of bus stops with the buses being funnelled through Westfield. Even the dedicated bus lane is gone under this new plan. One of the worst decisions I have ever seen in my life. An upgrade of the current interchange would have been given a better overall result to Belco residents. And screw Westfield, it isn’t as if the walk from the current Interchange is all that far, and if they wanted better access they could have made changes to the Myer carpark to faciliate better access.

puzzlepunk 7:22 am 04 Mar 09

A city is more then something you drive through.

Jamie Wheeler 1:57 am 04 Mar 09

What’s to fix in Belconnen? They need to look at some serious bottlenecks in North Canberra, such as the Mouat Street/Antil St and Northbourne intersections. I recently started work in Dickson and live southside. It can take 15-20 minutes just to get out of Dickson and to the GDE. When I worked in Belconnen it was a dream in comparison. Dickson parking is also a joke.

housebound 10:10 pm 03 Mar 09

Still no confidence in it all.

Deckard 9:13 pm 03 Mar 09

PM said :

The plans mean this:

Longer bus trips
More traffic
Less parking.

Plus more waiting at traffic lights.

Even more reason to ride my bike to work. I reckon it will be quicker to ride from Dunlop than drive – I reckon Southern Cross Drive will be the next one to get traffic lights around Florey, Page and Scullin. Who ever designed the intersections along that road was on drugs.

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