Page 2070 - Week 07 - Thursday, 4 June 2015

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MR COE: Minister, which intersections of Mapleton Avenue, Katherine Avenue, Anthony Rolfe Avenue and Well Station Drive will be upgraded, as the budget is inconsistent as to which sections will actually be duplicated?

MR GENTLEMAN: I thank Mr Coe for his supplementary. The Gungahlin area, as I said, is currently experiencing relatively accelerated levels of urban expansion. Horse Park Drive is currently a two-lane rural road, one lane in each direction. It operates at capacity during both the am and pm peaks. So traffic and queuing have been experienced for quite some time. We have been working on this, as we have been working on the Majura Parkway and the intersection between Majura Parkway, Federal Highway and that end of Horse Park Drive as well. The proposed land releases in the town centre, Amaroo, Throsby, Harrison, Moncrieff and Taylor, will increase traffic on Horse Park Drive. So the studies that we are doing at the moment, the feasibility program, will look at those intersections.

Mr Coe: Point of order.

MADAM SPEAKER: A point of order, Mr Coe.

Mr Coe: Madam Speaker, as I mentioned, the budget is inconsistent. I asked specifically which intersections of Mapleton, Katherine, Anthony Rolfe and Well Station will be upgraded as part of the works.

MADAM SPEAKER: In accordance with standing order 118(a); is this your point of order, Mr Coe?

Mr Coe: Yes, direct and relevant.

MADAM SPEAKER: Mr Gentleman, do you have anything to add that is directly relevant to Mr Coe’s question?

MR GENTLEMAN: Yes, certainly. Those intersections will be upgraded at the conclusion of the feasibility study. It will show which intersections are the ones that are needed as a priority.

MADAM SPEAKER: A supplementary question, Mr Smyth.

MR SMYTH: Does the ACT government have a staging plan for the duplication of Horse Park Drive from Mulligans Flat Road to the Majura Parkway and, if so, how many stages will this duplication take?

MR GENTLEMAN: It will be staged, as we do stages for many other roads across the territory. As we have announced recently with upgrades to Gungahlin Drive and Ashley Drive, they are all going in particular stages. In this case, it will be staged depending upon the results of the feasibility study.

MADAM SPEAKER: A supplementary question, Mr Smyth.

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