The ACT government has assured Canberra Airport it will be included as a route in the next stage of Capital Metro, an airport representative claims.
Although no shovel has broken ground for construction of the $800-million first stage, the Sunday Canberra Times understands the airport is one of several potential future routes being considered.
Canberra Airport manager of planning and environment Kathryn Scarano told a North Canberra Community Council meeting last month the airport had been included as a potential route in the stage two proposal for Capital Metro.
"We haven't seen any detail about a route, although we have had confirmation from the ACT government that a link to the airport is included in stage two," she said.
Ms Scarano said she expected plans for stage two would be released for public consultation this year.
"We are big supporters of Capital Metro and we are big supporters of Canberra Airport and all public transport networks integrating the airport within the system," she said.
A spokesman for the Minister for Capital Metro, Simon Corbell, denied any commitment had been made about the staging of future light rail routes to any business entity or group.
"The government is working on a light rail master plan for a Canberra-wide light rail network," he said. "Public consultation on the light rail master plan will take place in due course."
The ACT government had expected to release the draft master plan early this year to inform public discussion on potential routes for stage two.
Canberra Airport has lobbied hard to be included in future light rail plans.
In 2013 it put together a submission that proposed a route from the Canberra CBD through Russell out to the airport via the Royal Military College at Duntroon.
The claim from Canberra Airport that it is part of the second stage plan comes as the airport makes a strong pitch to lure more 5500 public servants to Brindabella Business Park from the soon-to-be merged Immigration and Customs departments.
This week a draft development plan for a 38,000 square metre, seven-storey building at 9 Molonglo Drive was lodged by the team at the Brindabella Business Park.
The building next door, 3 Molonglo Drive, has another 36,000 square metres of office accommodation that could easily be knocked into one behemoth office complex of the right size to fulfil DIBP's stated requirement.
The 12-kilometre Capital Metro first stage will have 11 tram stops connecting Gungahlin to the city centre.
Construction is expected to occur between 2016 and 2019.
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