Belconnen’s first interchange was not located in the town centre, but rather in the suburb of Higgins.
Higgins Interchange opened on 2 July 1973 on Fullagar Crescent, opposite the shopping centre. It was intended to be a temporary measure until the Belconnen Interchange was constructed between Benjamin Way and Emu Bank. Due to construction delays, the Higgins site was used for almost six years.
As a result of traffic congestion, the interchange was moved off-street on 22 December 1975. The new location was about 200m away, adjacent to the Higgins Service Station.
Residents held concerns around the location of the interchange, noting that students from nearby Higgins Primary would often cross Fullagar Crescent to access the interchange, with their visibility hampered by buses parked on both sides of the roadway. To ease these concerns, off-street parking bays were constructed for buses.
16 – Intertown: City, Woden
40 – City via Scullin, Page, Macquarie and Aranda
41 – City via Hawker, Weetangera, Cook and Aranda
42 – Melba (Verbruggen St), Evatt
43 – Flynn (Companion Cres), Charnwood (Tillyard Dr), Fraser East terminus (NOT via Daley or Bingley)
44 – Flynn/Melba (Kingsford Smith Dr), Spence
45 – Kippax, Florey Dr, Charnwood, Fraser West
49 – Higgins, Holt, Macgregor
50 – Latham
51 – Melba (Alfred Hill Dr), Spence terminus
410 – CCAE (University of Canberra) peak extension to/from City