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Friday, 10 May 1985
Page: 2085

To the Honourable the Speaker and Members of the House of Representatives assembled in Parliament:

The petition of certain residents of the Australian Capital Territory draws to the attention of the House:

1. Road access to Bruce from Haydon Drive is unsafe because vehicles entering or leaving Jaeger Circuit turn in, and frequently block, an 80 km/h traffic stream. Additionally, the cycle path crossing Jaeger Circuit is too close to Haydon Drive with poor observation and almost no warning time of possible collision.

2. Bus stops servicing Bruce on Haydon Drive are unsafe. No bus stop aprons are provided and buses block an 80 km/h traffic lane at these stops. Further, the footpath to the stop for Bruce that runs along the kerb of Haydon Drive is inconvenient for the use by residents and is unsafe for use by children.

3. Inadequate crossing facilities exist over Belconnen Way between Bruce and Aranda. Present crossings are unsuitable for the young and particularly dangerous for cyclists and the elderly. Access across Belconnen Way is needed for Bruce residents to attend schools, churches, shops, post office, child care facilities, scouts, public telephone, playing fields and medical and dental services in Aranda. Aranda and Cook residents could also enjoy safer crossing of Belconnen Way to attend Canberra College of Advanced Education, Calvary Hospital, Radford College, Australian Institute of Sport, Bruce TAFE College and use the cycle path which links Civic, Belconnen Town Centre and Ginninderra recreation facilities.

4. That the foregoing safety and functional problems inherent in the present design and development of Bruce would be corrected by the provision of: turning lanes off and into Haydon Drive from Jaeger Circuit; a relocated and improved cycle path crossing over Jaeger Circuit; bus stop aprons for Bruce stops; a more central and direct footpath to the Bruce bus stops; and, a pedestrian overpass over Belconnen Way between Bruce and Aranda.

Your petitioners therefore pray that the House of Representatives advises the Minister to direct the Department concerned to bring Bruce A.C.T. to a safe and accessible standard that is enjoyed by all other A.C.T. suburbs.

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