GCC February 2013 Meeting Notes – Featuring Transport & Roads Updates.
Need to cover new areas of Harrison South & Crace.
Likelihood of rationalisation of services that go to Belconnen & Civic which would mean more local services terminating at the Town Centre but an increased frequency of rapid services between centres.
Proposed new rapid service between Gungahlin & Belconnen soon to go to public consultation. Likely developments in June/July.
Upgrading of Hibberson Street interchange.
Buses to be fitted with real-time apps enabling commuters to track vehicles.
80 spaces to be provided in new development in block bordered by Gozzard & Efkarpidis Sts & Valley Way.
EPIC site will be continued (100 spaces)
New site proposed at corner of Wells Station Rd & Flemington Rd (Beside Waste Facility) [This is an ideal site for a major transit hub servicing Light Rail].
ACT Government has commissioned a Network Integration Study. Components will involve interface with traffic signalling & # & siting of stations. It is almost definite that route will follow Northbourne Ave & Flemington Rd. There are opportunities to further develop Civic (currently about 60% complete). A Capital Metro Project office has been established within the Economic Development Directorate. At this stage preparatory work is planned to commence in 2015 with track laying in 2016.
GCC indicated that community groups are considering the establishment of two advisory groups on Light Rail – one for the interested parties likely to be directly affected by the Gungahlin to Civic proposal & a 2nd to consider the feasibility of extending Light Rail to other areas of Canberra.
GCC advised that consideration is being given to engaging local school students in a community project to gain their input & views into the siting & location of Light Rail stations. The project would examine safety/security issues, suitability of access routes throughout adjoining suburbs & impact on existing facilities such as open space & sports grounds.
Planning for road development fits into 3 cycles – current year, 3 years forward & 5 years forward. Not every project gets funded. There are often changes to priorities. For example the current rating has Gundaroo Dr with 16000 vehicles per day in the ‘top 10’, whereas William Slim Dr with 22,000 vehicles per day makes the ‘top 3’. Signalling of the Barton Highway intersection between the two makes the ‘top 5’. Even though the roundabout was designed for a future flyover such a project would cost 2.5 times the cost of signalling (& the cost pressures could detrimentally impact the priority rating).
It was interesting to learn that the projects, once identified, went through several stages – the 1st being design. At present funding has been provided for the design stages of:
Gundaroo Drive (with more public consultation planned for later this year) $1.5m design & $55m project cost (Bridge work boosts the cost!)
William Slim Drive $1m design & $22m project cost.
Barton Highway Roundabout $150k design & $8m project.
The real challenge now is to get the actual projects into the ACT Budget as they will be competing with a large number of other road projects throughout Canberra.
Majura Parkway construction has commenced & the work undertaken during the 1st 12 months is expected to result in minor traffic impact. When the end point bridge works commence at a later stage there may be delay issues.
President Gungahlin Community Council