Background Studies

The national capital role of Canberra requires that planning and development particularly in the centre of Canberra, and generally throughout the territory, should have a high aesthetic and environmental quality and be in accordance with its national significance.

The National Capital Authority (NCA) seeks to ensure that the full range of considerations are understood prior to undertaking works, in order to balance user needs and ensure that the National Capital is successfully maintained and enhanced. Background planning and urban design activities and studies may lead to future amendments to the National Capital Plan.

Russell Drive

In 2011, the National Capital Authority (NCA) investigated the permanent closure of the western end of Russell Drive. The section of road to be closed is between Constitution Avenue and the western most car park entry on Russell Drive. This road was temporarily closed 5 December 2011.

The road closure is consistent with the revised road network set out in the National Capital Plan, which includes the recently completed Kings Avenue overpass. The proposed closure was made in accordance with the Public Roads Act 1902.

Detailed modelling was undertaken in 2009 to assess how a change to the road network would impact traffic movements. The traffic modelling indicates the overpass has capacity to meet the increased traffic load now and into the future. The traffic modelling was undertaken by consultants engaged by the NCA.

Campbell Traffic Study

In 2012, The NCA undertook a traffic study to assess the impact of traffic management changes and future development on the suburb of Campbell. The study takes into account the potential for further development to change the travel patterns in the area, and in particular, what impact these changes are likely to have on the level of vehicular traffic travelling through the suburb.

As part of the study, the existing travel patterns surrounding Campbell were established through a licence plate origin‐destination (OD) survey, along with turning movement counts at key intersections.

A number of scenarios and options were tested for their effect on the travel patterns in and around Campbell, based on land use and transport information. The study will be used by the NCA in performing a range of planning and land management activities. A copy of the study can be downloaded below. Please contact NCA on 02 6271 2888 or for assistance with accessing the information in alternative formats.

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