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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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Traffic changes as they build a brighter Belconnen
Tanktrax 7:10 pm 03 Mar 09

I wonder if, based on this article –

http://business.smh.com.au/business/westfield-defers-projects-as-slump-kicks-in-20090226-8ib8.html

whether Westfield is even going to hold up its end of the bargain any more… I hope John Stanhopeless and crew have the deal in writing.

Kerces 6:00 pm 03 Mar 09

During the redevelopment process, temporary bus stations will be located on Cohen Street, Lathlain Street and Cameron Avenue.

And after the redevelopment process, there will still not be one relatively central bus interchange, there will be four “bus stations” ranging from one up near the bus depot to one down near Lake Ginninderra College. Gee, that sounds convenient for changing buses…

Ryan 5:21 pm 03 Mar 09

The work on Aikman Dr is construction of a bus layover area

There’s also a thread on ACT Bus about all of this: http://actbus.net/forum/index.php?topic=1004.0

PM 5:18 pm 03 Mar 09

The plans mean this:

Longer bus trips
More traffic
Less parking.

niftydog 5:08 pm 03 Mar 09

Thanks for the link, areaman.

While I’m at it, does anyone know what they’re doing on Aikman Drive behind the bowling alley?

niftydog 5:06 pm 03 Mar 09

p1 said :

Any idea what will happen to the old bus interchange site?

It’s demoted from an interchange to a “stop”.

There’s lots of stuff that’s not clear about this plan. Like, will the new extension of Cohen St be open to cars along it’s entire length? How the heck do you negotiate the Cohen St / Emu Bank intersection? Why does the old section of Cohen St suddenly need three sets of traffic lights but Cohen/Emu Bank and Luxton/Lathlain doesn’t?

Then there’s the sneaky section “6” on the plan, where yet more shops are being built for some unknown reason. Section 2 “Level 3 ext. of Westfield…” so, undercover parking beneath or…?

areaman 4:56 pm 03 Mar 09

It’s all in the masterplan, http://www.actpla.act.gov.au/tools_resources/legislation_plans_registers/plans/master_plans/belconnen_town_centre2

The current interchange will still be the biggest bus stop (labelled ABS on the map) where all the commuters come and go, but it will be a normal road with other traffic going down it. Buses from the west will go western (up in the industrial area) > mall > ABS > eastern (Lake Gin College / Bowling Ally) where they will terminate, buses from the east will go eastern > ABS > mall > western and terminate there. So if you caught the bus from Dickson and worked at one of the card yards you wouldn’t have to slog from the interchange, same if you lived in Dunlop but were going to College.

Tempestas 4:44 pm 03 Mar 09

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.

Reprobate 4:01 pm 03 Mar 09

Looking at the map, someone should tell ACTPLA it’s the Labor club, not Labour. And seeing Margaret Timpson park got me thinking how much the families of people who have parks named after them would appreciate the scraggly dustbowls that they have become.

taco 3:19 pm 03 Mar 09

LlamaFrog said :

Its a mess around here at the moment, construction everywhere. And I thought that it was just to spend tax revenue before the end of the financial year, my mistake.

What happened to the idea of roundabouts? they used to define canberra and now we fix traffic with lights. sad.

I agree – a lot of the intersections that they are upgrading could easily be handled by roundabouts (which I am a big fan of), but perhaps the roundabouts would be too small for frequent bus use?

caf 3:09 pm 03 Mar 09

It’s surprising that the new intersection of Cohen St and Emu Bank is not going to have lights.

LlamaFrog 2:59 pm 03 Mar 09

Its a mess around here at the moment, construction everywhere. And I thought that it was just to spend tax revenue before the end of the financial year, my mistake.

What happened to the idea of roundabouts? they used to define canberra and now we fix traffic with lights. sad.

p1 2:57 pm 03 Mar 09

Any idea what will happen to the old bus interchange site?

BTW the map above is slightly clearer here.

FoMoCo 2:38 pm 03 Mar 09

Why is it I also have no confidence?

That is some serious work they are planning on doing. And for what benefit? I cant really see much!!! And the mall expanding? Correct me if I am wrong, but isnt there quite a few shops that are empty as it is?

housebound 2:02 pm 03 Mar 09

Why is it I have no feeling of confidence government’s ability to actually do it?

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