Page 3620 - Week 08 - Thursday, 18 August 2011

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(3) What is the Government’s timeline for construction of a Molonglo Valley public transport interchange.

(4) What is the Government’s position on constructing a “cycle highway” from the Molonglo Valley to City / Barton / Russell and what work is it doing on this, noting that a cycle highway has different qualities to the standard off-road cycle network as it refers to a direct, largely off-road, and prioritised cycle route.

Mr Corbell: The answer to the member’s question is as follows:

(1) Transport planning for the Molonglo Valley development has been undertaken in line with the modal split targets of the Government’s Sustainable Transport Plan. While the targets are established for the whole of ACT, the level of modal split will vary between Greenfield and Brownfield developments.

Initial modelling for Molonglo Valley stage 2 has projected a public transport mode split of at least 14%, which is more than a typical ACT Greenfield development. Infrastructure capacity for Molonglo has been designed to incorporate significantly higher public and active transport mode splits.

The upcoming Transport for Canberra policy and new ACT Planning Strategy will provide further direction around maximising transport and land use integration in greenfields and urban developments, and additional modelling of options for Molonglo Valley stage 2 to meet or exceed the Government’s mode share targets will be progressed in 2011/12.

(2) AECOM modelling projected mode split for public and private vehicle use. Cycling and walking were not included in the AECOM modelling. The Government’s mode share targets for cycling and walking apply to the whole of Canberra. Additional modelling of transport mode split scenarios for walking, cycling, public transport and private vehicle for Molonglo Valley stage 2 will be progressed in 2011-12.

(3) The Molonglo Valley public transport interchange will be an integral part of the new group centre for Molonglo and will be implemented on a staged basis along with the group centre. The Government’s previous 4 year indicative capital works program included Molonglo group centre infrastructure stage 1 in 2012/13 and stage 2 in 2014/15; this will be subject to Budget decisions.

(4) Planning and infrastructure provision in Molonglo Valley has already made provision for a number of cycle facilities including off-road trunk paths, on-road cycle lanes and smaller cycle paths within the developments of Wright and Coombs. Trunk cycle paths are also being planned for both sides of the Molonglo River as part of either the River Corridor Park or adjacent urban developments.

The Government will be developing a master plan in 2011-12 for a city-wide network of cycleways to connect high activity areas with the potentially high cycling trip generators across the Canberra urban area. The cycleways will be developed with the aim of providing direct and safe cycling infrastructure that meets the needs of commuters. This planning work will be undertaken during 2011-12 and will inform future cycling infrastructure investments.

Capital works design for major roads, ponds and other infrastructure has provision for future cyclepaths including wider than normal paths (ie wider than 3m). Funding for a

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