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Journeys : Apr May 2011
Street-smart Opinion We asked : Do you think roundabouts are confusing? Photos and interviews: Margie Law After crossing Bass Strait on the Spirit of Tasmania, RACT member Chris McKenzie has these suggestions to improve the experience. Recently I retur ned from Melbour ne on the Spirit of Tasmania. The experience was underwhelming to say the least. I think it is a pity that Tasmania cannot present a better initial view of itself to visitors than that which TT Line currently offers. The three main issues as far as I am concerned are the general facilities on the boat, the approach to the boat in Melbourne and the delay due to quarantine inspection at Devonport. I have expanded on these below and made some suggestions for possible solutions. General facilities We made day crossings and did not purchase a chair or cabin so my comments are made from this perspective. The initial boarding process is streamlined and efficient, once boarding commences, although the security checks appeared random and there is no information as to what can or cannot be taken on board. The staff are, for the most part, fr iendly and helpful. The public areas of the boat are clean but tired. There are some amenities available for children and films are screened. The food in the buffet appeared adequate but is priced by the plate and is too expensive as offered. The bar food offers little choice. The main restaurant menu is uninteresting and with restrictive pricing. The choice of drinks at the bars is limited. I suggest that: • Information be provided about security checks and what may not be taken on board the vessel • T T Line investigates measures to improve the look of the ship’s public areas to enhance their visual amenity and comfort • A review be made of the pr icing policy for food in the restaurant and buffet: To improve the var iety and quality of the restaurant menu and make it the high-class introduction to Tasmanian cuisine to which it aspires To increase the variety of the bar food and the number of different wines and beers offered (perhaps Tasmanian producers would offer their wines and beers at a discount). Approach to the South Melbourne pier In the mor ning, this is congested, with ver y slow-moving traffic for several blocks, even on a public holiday. There is no guidance to separate boat traffic from local traffic and there is continual changing of lanes where often none exists. This is quite dangerous. I suggest that the TT Line and Tasmanian Government work with the appropriate Victorian author ities to make the approaches to the pier more organised and safer for both TT Line and local traffic. Idon’t get which way to indicate. Do you indicate right or left when you want to go right but you turn left to get onto the roundabout? And some roundabouts have plants in the middle and you can’t see what’s coming. Gus Edmondson, Trevallyn Not to me. I’m used to them. I was here in Hobart when the first one was put in. Pat Williamson, Smithton No, I don’t think so. I know you have to indicate going in and when you go out. And you have to give way to the right. Scott, Lenah Valley No, I love roundabouts. But the one that frustrates me is Cambridge as that can be confusing especially coming from Eastlands and going to Sorell because you have to merge with other vehicles that often are merging into the w rong lane. Jo Griggs, Sorell Not for me because I’m driving for 60 years. But they do silly things – roundabouts are supposed to be clear but they put bushes and trees and fencing there and you can’t see. Plus people don’t indicate. Other people don’t understand and it is frustrating. Michael Peknice, West Moonah Iunderstand the road rules but lots of people find them confusing, mainly the older generation. I’ve been to Canber ra and everyone knows how to use roundabouts, they have a massive one there. Jason Corbett, Claremont In our community 10 April / May 2011
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