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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2021 Week 09 Hansard (Thursday, 16 September 2021) . . Page.. 2729 ..


(vii) individuals who applied to attend in person but were directed to the online channel instead.

As noted above, individuals were offered the opportunity to attend online if they were no longer able to physically attend their workshop due to their own personal circumstances. This was provided as an option available to attendees to take up at their own discretion. No individuals were directed to the online channel in place of ‘in person’ attendance.


Questions without notice taken on notice

Planning—Woden town centre transport

Mr Steel (in reply to a question by Mr Hanson on Thursday, 3 June 2021):

The capacity of the new interchange will accommodate up to 18 bus stops compared to 11 within the existing interchange. Removing the existing loop within the interchange improves operational efficiency and capacity for buses that are moving through the interchange.

Analysis indicated that in the immediate term, only 12-14 bus stops were required within the new interchange to accommodate current public transport demand, whereas the design proposes a higher volume to provide capacity for future growth. In addition, the interchange also provisions for two light rail platforms that provide potential capacity above the proposed 18 bus stops, until required for future light rail services.

The relocation of the bus layovers to Launceston Street means the existing layover spaces can be repurposed and returned to the community through improved public realm and as part of the proposed CIT Campus.

As part of the early design phase, the ACT Government commissioned two technical investigations into the public transport operations and road network operations; the Veitch Lister Consulting (VLC Report) and Jacobs 2021 traffic modelling reports (Jacobs Report). The purpose of both these studies was to identify any operational and safety considerations with the proposed CIT Campus-Woden project that could be addressed through the design phase. The design for the bus layovers and for the public transport interchange have considered all safety and operational matters raised in both the VLC and Jacobs Reports.

The Jacobs report revealed that there is sufficient capacity within the existing road network to accommodate the proposed road network changes and will also be used to inform longer-term road planning and infrastructure requirements within the Woden Valley.

Planning—Woden town centre transport

Mr Steel (in reply to supplementary questions by Mr Hanson and Mrs Jones on Thursday, 3 June 2021):

As part of the initial design undertaken by the ACT Government for the new Public Transport Interchange in Woden, a Road Safety Audit (RSA) was undertaken by a qualified engineer.

The RSA examined the proposed interchange roads and road related areas from the perspective of all road users with the intention of identifying road safety issues and areas of risk that could lead to road crashes.


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