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    ACT metro construction site now viewable in virtual space

    Branko Miletic

    Technology can help the public view new construction projects at various stages of completion, with the new Gungahlin bus station and town centre project in the ACT the latest to ‘digitize’ itself and become visible in virtual reality (VR).

    While work has already started on the Gungahlin bus station, the VR experience has been designed to allow residents to appreciate the links between the new Gungahlin town centre and bus station, and what the project will look like upon completion.

    Open until 20 October, some of the features of the virtual reality clip include:

    • New traffic lights at the intersection of Hibberson Street and Gungahlin Place to provide patron transfer between buses and light rail
    • Bus platforms and bus facilities on both sides of Gungahlin Place, between Hibberson Street and Ernest Cavanagh Street
    • The light rail terminus on Hibberson Street, east of Gungahlin Place, within easy sight of the bus station platforms; and
    • A walk down Hibberson Street, to experience the pedestrian friendly nature of the one-way shared zone.

    “A virtual reality experience will allow residents to see what the new bus station and shared zone will look like and how they will soon be able to move between transport services within the Gungahlin town centre,” minister for Transport and City Services Meegan Fitzharris says.

    The VR experience is located in ‘The Marketplace’ shopping centre where there will also be up‑to-date information on other road and transport projects in Gungahlin.

    Completion of the project is set for 2018.

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