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Offline Peter Bakos

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Disused/abandoned bus stops
« on: August 25, 2017, 05:47:41 PM »
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It never ceases to amaze me how many bus stops in Canberra are no longer used. You can clearly see evidence of this with streetlights that still have their 'SIGNAL BUS' stickers on them or bus stop poles with no sign on them. Even looking at Google Maps Street View coverage from 2007 shows they've been disused for a long time.

Some notable abandoned stops include:

Two on the western side of Owen Dixon Dr in between Clarey Cres and Kuringa Dr
Two on Totterdell St which are directly parallel to each other, adjacent to Totterdell Loop, not far from the Luxton St roundabout.
All of the stops on the eastern side (southbound) of Springvale Dr
A few on Ross Smith Cres approaching Southern Cross Dr (after McGuiness St)

Would anyone happen to know what route numbers serviced these stops or when and why they stopped being used? I know there's quite a fair bit more disused stops but anyone know more that are disused? 

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Re: Disused/abandoned bus stops
« Reply #1 on: August 25, 2017, 10:48:49 PM »
This thread details some of the other unused stops: http://actbus.net/forum/index.php?topic=4003.0

Totterdell St I think was last serviced in Network 97 by routes 403 and 404 - Belconnen loops via Emu Ridge, Melba, Flynn, Evatt, and McKellar.

Not too sure on the others, but others will be.

Other signal bus stickers that come to mind are on Drakeford Drive through Kambah.

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Re: Disused/abandoned bus stops
« Reply #2 on: August 26, 2017, 01:38:22 PM »
I briefly remember routes going through Totterdell St ("Ginninderra Heights"), but my bus books for 96 97 and 98 update don't show that route, so it must not have lasted long.

Owen Dixon Dr was last serviced by Network 1996 - loop routes 401 & 402 travelled between Kuringa Dr and Heydon Cr.

Both Springvale Dr and Ross Smith Cr were last serviced regularly by loop routes 407/408 in Network 97, although Springvale continued to be serviced by the 73/74 community routes until a few years ago.

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Re: Disused/abandoned bus stops
« Reply #3 on: August 28, 2017, 12:20:09 PM »
I remember when I was reading through the Network 2012 proposal sheet, and noticed a total of 39 stops around the Wanniassa/Erindale area that were being threatened of not being in use.

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Re: Disused/abandoned bus stops
« Reply #4 on: September 11, 2017, 12:45:22 PM »
There are also a few abandoned stops at University of Canberra: two on Bimbimie St and one on the eastern side of Allawoona St.

Other abandoned stops that come to mind are one on Donaldson St in Braddon, directly parallel to Braddon Rugby League Park (but strangely there some operational stops further up the road by Ainslie School).

One on the eastern side of Lathlain St by Bunnings Warehouse and the Winchester Police Centre. I remember when there was another stop on the other side of the street at the same location but it was removed around 2013, the same time the blade for the eastern side stop was removed.

Anyone know when or why these stops ceased operating?

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Re: Disused/abandoned bus stops
« Reply #5 on: September 12, 2017, 12:27:39 PM »
Was not aware of the Donaldson St stop. Checking Google streetview, there is a blade-less pole so it must have been a school bus stop in the recent past. The image from 2007 in the same location shows an abandoned concrete pad, but no pole.

I've got a network map from 1985 which suggests this portion of Donaldson St was used by Route 307 although it's hard to tell the exact route as it wasn't colour-coded and is poorly labelled. (307 was a City to ADFA service, possibly off-peak only.)

In the same era, Route 302 ran Mort St, Elouera then Donaldson St towards Campbell Park. You can still see two sets of disused stops in Elouera St.

Lathlain St was serviced by the 73/74 route mentioned earlier.

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Re: Disused/abandoned bus stops
« Reply #6 on: September 12, 2017, 02:49:18 PM »
Currently there are 3 stops in Hume not in use, they still have their bus stop blades. This is from when the 88 went to Chisholm shops to turn around and came back into Hume. (I'm a regular on the 88 sometimes, usually the first one of the day and one in the afternoon, all depends on the circumstances)