Bindubi St-William Hovell Drive Intersection will change dramatically with the Molonglo 3 East estate development. Bindubi St will be extended into the heart of the Molonglo 3 East. The intersection with William Hovell Drive is expected to be popular with commuters in 2041. A grade separated interchange is planned and the first preliminary sketch plans (PSP) are available. The Feasibility Study Report is attached. Traffic studies show William Hovell Drive will exceed capacity in 2041. Finally, we will need to find space for the light rail. The facilitation of the light rail at the intersection needs to be designed in.
The Molonglo 3 East Planning and Infrastructure Study is a combination of engineering (WSP) and urban design (RobertsDay). This article outlines what is in the report for cycling. This article focuses on the reports from WSP.
The Molonglo Valley has two arterial road corridors, one running east to west and the other north to south. The North South Arterial has been named John Gorton Drive. The East West Arterial (EWA) has yet to be named and expected to be completed before 2041. The East West Arterial includes a bridge over the Molonglo River and a new East West Arterial / Tuggeranong Parkway Interchange. The route is decided and traffic studies are underway.
The Molonglo Stage 2 Transport Planning related information is from freedom of information request (FOI 21-101215), released 1 April 2021, from EPSDD. Highlighted here are a mix of 18 documents dated from 2010 to 2019 for the suburbs Coombs, Wright, Molonglo and Denman Prospect. The documents fall mostly in the category estate development plans, planning design frameworks, or a development application.
The 2021 Estimates for ACT Transport were held before the Standing Committee On Planning, Transport And City Services on the 4 March 2021. The significance of Freedom of Information request (FOI) 21-023 is that it provides more detail information than the Transcript Of Evidence from the 2021 Estimates. This is a subtle but important difference. The notes include interesting information about Belconnen Bikeway and more.
The estimates are part of the ACT Budget process. The estimates are a question and answer, verbal inquiry that provide an opportunity for the opposition and crossbench, to scrutinise the performance of the ACT Government and its directorates. The Freedom of Information (FOI) request 21-023 released the notes for Transport Minister and officials from the directorate.
The Walking and cycling feasibility and options report prepared by AECOM continues on where the strategic work 2012-2014 left off. The ACT Strategic Cycle Network Plan prioritises routes between town and group centre for development. The AECOM report considers the challenges of building a cycle path along these routes.
Separation between car and cyclist are the key to cyclist safety and encourage cycling. Only off road cycle paths meet this requirement. The report prepared for the ACT Government back in 2012 by Spackman Mossop Michaels makes clear that cycle lanes are a mistake. Furthermore, comparison of the 2011 ACT Strategic Cycle Network Plan shows that very little progress has been made building the cycling network in a decade. Cause for concern.
The National Capital Design Review Panel reviewed the Molonglo Group Centre and Surrounds Planning Framework. The recommendations from the first sitting was released 11 June 2021. Much will need to be improved before the Molonglo Group Centre is ready for a development application. Currently, the Framework is in revision.
VicRoads Cycle Notes 21 (August 2013) has advice on the widths of off-road shared use paths. It is not the most recent. Austroads Guide to Road Design Part 6A: Paths for Walking and Cycling (AGRD06A) and the Netherlands CROW publication are more recent. Still, it is worth noting that even back in 2013 VicRoads were aware of what we in Canberra need and still do not have.