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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2011 Week 14 Hansard (Thursday, 8 December 2011) . . Page.. 6125 ..


Gungahlin Drive extension—choke point

Ms Gallagher (in reply to a supplementary question by Mr Coe on Thursday, 8 December 2011): There is some congestion during the morning peak period at the merge of Caswell Drive and Parkes Way. The need to upgrade Parkes Way, which would ameliorate the issue, was identified as a priority to be progressed on completion of the Gungahlin Drive Extension. It was decided to treat this as a separate project to limit the impact of roadworks on the travelling public.

A project to improve access from Caswell Drive to Parkes Way was funded as part of the 2010-11 budget process. The design for this project covering improvements on Parkes Way between Glenloch Interchange and the City is underway and tenders for the construction works will be called during 2012.

Roads—speed zones

Ms Gallagher (in reply to a supplementary question by Mr Hanson on Thursday, 8 December 2011): In line with Roads ACT policy, 40km/h school zones for schools are installed on roads with a direct school frontage where most of the students come and go by vehicle, foot or bicycle. This is where most traffic is concentrated.

A school zone is already provided for Alfred Deakin high school on Dennison Street.

A school zone is not supported on Kent Street because there are minimal school-related vehicle movements along this road and that it is not appropriate to convey the impression to students and motorists that this road is similar to others that pass school frontages, like Dennison.

Roads ACT will implement some traffic improvements before the end of February 2012. These will include the installation of traffic signal warning signs on Kent Street on the approach to the signalised crossing, children warning signs on the approach to the Kent Street / Carruthers Street intersection and the replacement of faded and outdated school warning signs where necessary.

Notwithstanding the above, I have asked Roads ACT to undertake regular observations and further surveys of the conditions at this location, monitor the impact of the above improvements and further discuss these matters with the school Principal. I have also asked Roads ACT to implement additional measures if warranted

Taxis—wheelchair accessibility

Mr Corbell (in reply to a supplementary question by Ms Bresnan on Wednesday, 7 December 2011):

(1) The Statement of Requirements (SoR) for providers of a Wheelchair Accessible Taxi (WAT) Centralised Booking Service (WCBS), which sets out the services required to be provided, was developed in consultation with the users of WAT services.


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