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Light rail still on the agenda

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Noel Towell

The ACT Government is to conduct another study into its promised light rail project for Canberra's north.

It will commission research, to be completed early next year, to see how the line would integrate with existing public transport options.

A start within four years for the long-awaited light rail link between Civic and Gungahlin is now official government policy as part of Labor's minority government deal with the ACT Greens.

Minister for the Environment and Sustainable Development Simon Corbell said on Wednesday that he expected park-and-ride-style car parks near the northern stops in the line to be an important element of the system.

The government wants to hire consultants to study how much extra infrastructure will be needed to service the light rail link dubbed "Capital Metro''.

"Light rail will be an addition to our existing public transport network in the ACT, and therefore this study will provide detailed and essential analysis of how the bus network and the new Capital Metro will work in tandem to best meet the needs of our community," Mr Corbell said.

"This report will also inform government about what extra transport planning work will be required to ensure this project is delivered properly."

Mr Corbell said he also wanted the research to focus on cycling and walking links to the network.

"This study will also look at pedestrian and cycling access to stops and stations, as well as the potential for new Park and Rides to make it easier to access light rail," the minister said.

34 comments

  • Brilliant news and progress at last! This is the first step in a new direction and I hope and I trust it will result in a whole series of new and exciting studies!

    Shane must be very excited too.

    Commenter
    Outraged of Palmerston
    Date and time
    December 13, 2012, 6:36AM
    • Just get on with it. A detailed alignment and usage study was completed before the last election. 4 years is too long to wait for the first turn of a shovel.

      Commenter
      T-bone
      Date and time
      December 13, 2012, 7:40AM
      • No! I need a Steering Committee to be appointed and I hope a series of Focus Groups will then be established to work through the "look and feel" issues.

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        Outraged of Palmerston
        Date and time
        December 13, 2012, 8:47AM
    • I don't know if light rail would work well in Canberra. It is a good option for European cities, because they have small urban footprints and high density living. Even for the Northbourne Avenue corridor, heavy rail would be more efficient, and can be expanded to southside & Queanbeyan. Perth has had good success with heavy rail and stations with ample carpark spaces.

      Commenter
      Jason
      Location
      ACT
      Date and time
      December 13, 2012, 8:26AM
      • I agree. Heavy rail would be so much better. However, space, land acquisition and track alignment are issues. I hope the Capital Metro network adopts limited-stops services to help riders get to their destinations faster. Although, they really should be doing this with their buses already..

        Commenter
        Linh
        Date and time
        December 13, 2012, 11:25AM
      • Agree Perth system works well and trains are quicker light rail is slow the best would be underground around the city with stations to north and south, sorry just dreaming.

        Commenter
        amro
        Date and time
        December 13, 2012, 1:06PM
    • Why Gungahlin? Belconnen and Woden existed before Gungahlin!!

      Commenter
      farnarkler
      Location
      Canberra
      Date and time
      December 13, 2012, 8:47AM
      • I agree

        Commenter
        debk
        Date and time
        December 13, 2012, 3:11PM
    • No point only going to Civic. Where do the people in Gungahlin travel to? Certainly not just Civic. It needs to go to Russell at least, and Barton (but there's a lake in the way). May as well connect it to the airport too then.

      Commenter
      Michael
      Date and time
      December 13, 2012, 8:55AM
      • These days there are things called bridges that cross bodies of water like lakes. So don't think running to Barton would be such a bad thing.

        Will agree that for the best benifit it needs to run along the Northborne Ave/Flemmington Road corridor to collect passengers, combine with bus passengers in Civic and then run to Russell, Barton which are major employment areas then to Kingston (another more densly populated area).

        Commenter
        Jimmy
        Location
        CBR
        Date and time
        December 13, 2012, 1:08PM

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