Two city car parks to become light rail compounds next month

Ian Bushnell 23 July 2021 77
Artist's impression of light rail at the intersection of London Circuit and Commonwealth Avenue

Artist’s impression of light rail at the intersection of London Circuit and Commonwealth Avenue. Image: ACT Government.

The building of light rail Stage 2A is about to make itself felt with two ACT Government car parks in the city to close next month for several years.

Transport Canberra and City Services (TCCS) said construction site compounds will be set up at the car parks on the corner of London Circuit and Constitution Avenue, and at 41-51 Marcus Clarke Street.

The construction compounds will be used for site offices, storage, construction parking and utility installation.

TCCS said the project team will provide updates on the timing and impacts of the closures, and any further changes.

Information sessions on the Woden light rail project will be held in the city on Monday, 26 July, from 4:00 pm to 7:00 pm at the Theo Notaras Multicultural Centre, 180 London Circuit, and on Monday, 2 August, from 4:00 pm to 7:00 pm, at QT Canberra, 1 London Circuit.

The car park closures announcement comes after the ACT Government announced on Thursday, 22 July, its plans to deal with the road closures and traffic disruptions that light rail construction will necessitate.

Map showing Canberra city car park closures for light rail compounds and worksites

Map showing Canberra city car park closures for light rail compounds and worksites. Image: Transport Canberra and City Services.

The government said construction compounds would be set up in the city next month.

TCCS has not offered any parking alternatives, but ACT Minister for Transport and City Services Chris Steel has said that shifting drivers to public transport would be part of the solution, including building more Park and Ride facilities.

TCCS has nearly completed a third Park and Ride facility in Gungahlin, and Mr Steel said more will be on the way on Canberra’s southside.

He said the disruptions will last for four years in the city as London Circuit is raised to meet Commonwealth Avenue and the light rail line is extended from Alinga Street to Commonwealth Park.

Diversions, extra public transport services and staggering starting times to spread the peak congestion have already been flagged as strategies to deal with the expected traffic upheaval, and a cross-agency Disruptions Task Force has also been established to manage the situation.

Mr Steel had previously said the first track in the project would be laid before the 2024 ACT election.

TCCS said people can stay informed about parking, work notifications and light rail construction by visiting the Woden light rail project website.

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77 Responses to Two city car parks to become light rail compounds next month
Roderick Saunders Roderick Saunders 8:10 pm 26 Jul 21

I don't want to be cynical, but I wouldn't be surprised if the ACT Government comes up with some temporary car parking options ahead of the next Territory election

Joseph Davies Joseph Davies 9:42 am 26 Jul 21

Great time to start renting out your driveway if you live in the inner suburbs 😂

bigred bigred 9:41 am 26 Jul 21

Will someone please explain why the government should be sterilising high value land for lazy people to store their unused motor vehicles on. The economics of the proposition are absurd.

Nell Feneck Nell Feneck 8:11 am 26 Jul 21

Also dickson shops carpark due to development

Nora Preston Nora Preston 5:03 am 26 Jul 21

They’re closing all the car parks down, this Government needs to close themselves down instead, who does Steel think he is ramming public transport down our throats? The majority don’t want Lightrail, they want the buses fixed instead. They are nothing but a bunch of bullies. Stop paying your rates and annual land taxes, because Lightrail is what they are abusing our monies on to break all the laws, the legislated environmental laws don’t allow light rail to go ahead either. Listen.

    Julie Macklin Julie Macklin 10:28 am 26 Jul 21

    Nora PrestonPlease give the source of that graph. Without a source it’s worthless.

    Nora Preston Nora Preston 5:23 pm 26 Jul 21

    Survey conducted

    Nora Preston Nora Preston 7:25 pm 26 Jul 21

    It was unanimous that no one wanted light rail Stage 1. 3 Light rail links for more information showing no one ever wanted trams and tram tracks in the ACT Bush Capital. Your expert advice stated that it’s not suitable in the ACT.

    Light rail is slower than the buses.

Debbie Thomsen Debbie Thomsen 1:15 am 26 Jul 21

All I see here is whining yet again! This city is in desperate need of reliable public transport. In fact, it should have been started 20 years ago. Imagine the whining back then!!! All of it from entitled, well-off people who simply MUST drive their cars everywhere. Think about the under-employed, the older folk, and people who can't afford to drive everywhere. Stop being so self-centredand start thinking of others, the city and the planet!

    Bob Fraser Bob Fraser 11:43 am 26 Jul 21

    Good on you Debbie, some sound advice at last amongst a lot of cringe-worthy comments.

    Kerri Hallas Kerri Hallas 3:26 pm 26 Jul 21

    Debbie Thomsen I don’t fancy catching 2 buses changing at Tuggeranong and spending an 1 1/2 on buses each way or $100 on cab fares next time I have to go to the dentist. Sometimes you just have to drive. I actually work for TC and have free bus travel but it doesn’t soften the blow. Not all of us are entitled either, I work for a living. PS if I wait for the tram to Tuggeranong I won’t have any teeth.

Lina Costa Lina Costa 10:12 pm 25 Jul 21

Spend that money on Health, and the homeless.

Geoffrey John Randal Geoffrey John Randal 7:02 pm 25 Jul 21

hooray! let's get it done

Capital Retro Capital Retro 6:19 pm 25 Jul 21

“Light rail costs less than 1% of the territory budget, health takes up over 30%. the amount spent are not comparable.”

A lot less than 1% of our population use the trams but 100% of us use the health system.

James Vetos James Vetos 6:19 pm 25 Jul 21

Those car parks will never come back online. More evidence of the subversive nature of this government on display...

HiddenDragon HiddenDragon 5:54 pm 25 Jul 21

On the other hand, it looks like parking spots for our beloved MLAs and senior ACT public servants will be untouched, and that’s what really matters, isn’t it……..?

And if that’s not enough to keep the proles happy, don’t forget that there’s a little thingy on the map about translocated Golden Sun moths (hopefully no one will mix up their pronouns).

Alan Ampna Alan Ampna 4:16 pm 25 Jul 21

So much for ACT government's planning team claim to find ways of minimising disruptions to Canberrans.

Dave Martin Dave Martin 4:11 pm 25 Jul 21

Um folks voted labour....silly..we cant afford tram allready..just enjoy ya new parkn probs and bills..pain and suffeeeeerrrrrring ahead..

Maria Riet Maria Riet 2:55 pm 25 Jul 21

More inconvenience for those who voted against light rail 😪😪😪😪

Julie Mylchreest Julie Mylchreest 2:45 pm 25 Jul 21

I just went on there....Sunday afternoon click and collect at Cotton on. Had to park at the Canberra Theatre.....won't be heading back to the city for a very very long time.

Karl Chamberlain Karl Chamberlain 2:25 pm 25 Jul 21

They are not ‘raising’ London Circuit to meet Commonwealth Avenue’, they’re simply demolishing the overpass which has been in place for over fifty years.
That green space on the plans will actually be office and residential towers – more like Sydney every time they touch it.

Janet Heap Janet Heap 1:21 pm 25 Jul 21

All about money and profit... not the people. We need improved health. The profiteers are the developers who leave town afterwards and the Govt who add big time to rates revenue. How about a big expansion of Calvary?

Why can't new Rehab hospital on Ginninderra drive be used by anyone especially the therapy pool, without the company of a physio?

Carolyn Hullick Carolyn Hullick 1:13 pm 25 Jul 21

Crap no parking now so this will cause so much more issues ! Also now no ACT gov parking for disability parking ?

David Knight David Knight 1:07 pm 25 Jul 21

Barr needs parking fines to help pay for the rail .

Hrvoje Hančević-Grabić Hrvoje Hančević-Grabić 12:39 pm 25 Jul 21

Is this really a priority with underfunded hospitals and police?

With so many small businesses struggling and closing, is this really the best way to spend money?

And 4 years?!

Who is actually making a profit here?

    Darren Bryant Darren Bryant 1:48 pm 25 Jul 21

    Hrvoje Hančević-Grabić you forgot to mention underfunded hospitals

    Hrvoje Hančević-Grabić Hrvoje Hančević-Grabić 2:32 pm 25 Jul 21

    Darren, in my first sentence above. 😉

    Philip Leaf Philip Leaf 5:57 pm 25 Jul 21

    Light rail costs less than 1% of the territory budget, health takes up over 30%. the amount spent are not comparable.

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