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Transport study for Northbourne Avenue

By johnboy 11 March 2011 50

Northbourne Avenue

Chief Minister Stanhope has announced a study into sorting out the ever more congested Northbourne Avenue.

He seems to be leaning towards a major bus station (and one imagines car park) in Dickson to shuttle people into the City.

Consulting firm URS has been appointed to conduct the study, which will cover the section of Northbourne Avenue from Flemington Road to the City. Also included in the study is an investigation of a bus station in Dickson to increase the uptake of public transport.

Mr Stanhope said URS would work closely with the National Capital Authority to identify the nationally significant characteristics of the corridor. The study will protect and enhance these characteristics while delivering improved reliability, more efficient bus services and a dedicated cycling route.

“The study is due for completion in the third quarter of this year and will involve targeted consultation with community representatives, community councils and key interest groups,” Mr Stanhope said.


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Watson 2:06 pm 23 Mar 11

Erg0 said :

I swear, you could make a drinking game out of the traffic threads on RiotACT. Every time someone mentions how they do things in Europe, take a shot!

And maybe in your happy drunken state, you could come up with something better than “how they do things in Europe” please? Or any other place where they are a couple of decades ahead of (having to) look(ing) for solutions is ok too. I’ll agree to take a shot on ‘Singapore’.

I very rarely use buses myself. If I don’t drive the car, I prefer the bike as it’s much faster and more convenient. And with traffic the way it’s getting, my 10k trip to work is faster on the bike than in the car, which is an excellent motivator.

I understand not everyone can ride or take the bus, but if those who can would more consistently do so, there’d be less of a traffic issues for the others, I would think?

The other option of course is: concrete the lot, build overpasses, fill up the lake to make a giant carpark… (and turn it into a European city: drink!)

cleo 1:52 am 23 Mar 11

Not everyone can ride a bike, especially pensioners, it can also be inconvenient, I would like to see the nature strip on Northbourne go, and put more lane’s in, or light rail right down the middle.

shadow boxer 7:45 pm 22 Mar 11

Sorry meant to say dis-service obviously

shadow boxer 6:31 pm 22 Mar 11

Gungahlin Al said :

Fair ’nuff Watson. Solid reasoning but sure to be lambasted by many of Canberra’s car loving masses.

I’m attending a workshop on this issue with TAMS, the consultant and other community group reps tonight, so will be interesting to see where their thinking is heading and what influence we can bring to bear.

There’s no reasoning there at all, it’s just a self interested post from a Watson resident who wants a dedicated lane for his single zone trip into civic and doesn,t care who is inconvenienced in the process.

If they close a lane the traffic will seriously bank up to hall, you would be doing the people of gungahlin a service if you supported it al.

I-filed 6:23 pm 22 Mar 11

Cr*p! – where is the environmental benefit of shaving a mere 2.5 kilometres from the average commute? Pretty much zero. This is not behaviour-changing. It’s just allocating cheaper land to parking, and attempting to mollify annoyed car drivers. Unadulterated political expedience.

rbw 6:13 pm 22 Mar 11

“Mr Stanhope said URS would work closely with the National Capital Authority to identify the nationally significant characteristics of the corridor. The study will protect and enhance these characteristics”

Glad to see the priorities are all in order. Wouldn’t want to upset the reptoids and their sacred geometry!

Deref 5:55 pm 22 Mar 11

Erg0 said :

I swear, you could make a drinking game out of the traffic threads on RiotACT. Every time someone mentions how they do things in Europe, take a shot!

Every time someone mentions light rail take two shots.

Keijidosha 5:16 pm 22 Mar 11

I’ve got my fingers crossed for you, Al. Lets hope the immediate response is painting the outside lanes of Northbourne red, and an asphalt strip straight down the middle of the median. 😉

Gungahlin Al 4:55 pm 22 Mar 11

Fair ’nuff Watson. Solid reasoning but sure to be lambasted by many of Canberra’s car loving masses.

I’m attending a workshop on this issue with TAMS, the consultant and other community group reps tonight, so will be interesting to see where their thinking is heading and what influence we can bring to bear.

Erg0 4:51 pm 22 Mar 11

I swear, you could make a drinking game out of the traffic threads on RiotACT. Every time someone mentions how they do things in Europe, take a shot!

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