An act of political bastardry saw the ACT Government sign off last week on the Gungahlin light rail project, almost five months to the day from the October Assembly election.
The proposal has generated massive argument throughout Canberra with a final price of $710 million (ha, ha) for 12km of line to service a small section [...]
The Canberra Liberals have renewed their vow to stop light rail, describing yesterday’s announcement that contracts have been signed and work will begin on the project next month as “the most arrogant act in the ACT’s history”.
They have also called on the Government to publish the full contract and any sub-contracts in full.
The ACT Government and the successful light rail consortium, Canberra Metro, yesterday signed contracts for stage one of the project and confirmed that construction on the Gungahlin to City route will commence next month.
At a media event to announce the signing, Minister for Capital Metro Simon Corbell unveiled an upgraded plan for the Alinga St [...]
Can the Tram protesters gatecrashed the announcement today on Northbourne Avenue of the signing of contracts between the ACT Government and the successful light rail consortium, Canberra Metro.
See a more detailed version of this story here, learn more about the signing of the contract here, and see how the Canberra Liberals reacted here.
The protesters [...]
The ACT Government will merge its Territory and Municipal Services department with its planned Transport Canberra organisation to form a new ACT Government directorate responsible for ACTION buses, light rail, active travel and local services from July 1. The directorate will be called Transport Canberra and City Services.
Minister for Transport and Municipal Services Meegan Fitzharris [...]
The ACT Government has released a second independent review of the business case for stage one of its planned light rail network in reaction to the publication yesterday of comments critical of the project in a report from independent think tank the Grattan Institute.
The Grattan Institute’s report into transport investment in Australia included a short [...]
A Liberal ACT Government would provide eight separate rapid bus routes across Canberra, City to Airport bus services and faster non-stop suburban bus services to the major office hubs as part of a light rail-free revamp of the territory’s public service system.
The ACTION-bus focused offerings form key components of the transport plan the Canberra Liberals’ [...]
Has anyone else noticed that the anti-tram sentiment around town seems to have subsided since the announcement last month of the appointment of Canberra Metro consortium to build the first stage of the light rail network starting in June?
The level of noise about light rail seems to have dropped on RiotACT, on social media and, [...]
On a recent visit to Wollongong I observed the notices for and then read about the consultations for a major project: Wollongong – A City for People. Being a frequent visitor to this wonderful coastal city, I have some understanding of the urban issues facing that city’s local council.
There is a very common unresolved issue [...]
Our occasional Face-off series is back to look at one of the most-debated issues around town right now. Plenty of RiotACT readers already have a view on this question, but we decided to give Simon Corbell and Alistair Coe the opportunity to set out their opposing views on what has become a key issue leading [...]
The consortium chosen to develop Canberra’s light rail project says it will complete the project more cheaply and quickly than the Government’s estimates, and will replace trees along Northbourne in a staged manner and with 4m-tall plantings so that no section of the corridor is without trees for more than four months.
There will, in fact, [...]
The ACT Environment and Planning Directorate has approved development applications for light rail links between Gungahlin and the City and from the City to Russell.
Minister for Capital Metro Simon Corbell said the development applications were open for public consultation for 15 working days during which 22 submissions were received.
“These approvals are an important milestone for [...]
The ACT Liberal Opposition has today proposed three alternatives to light rail on the Northbourne Avenue corridor based on ideas provided by the community.
Canberrans can read the 19-page paper outlining the alternatives on Shadow Minister for Transport Alistair Coe’s website here.
Until today, the Liberals’ anti-light rail campaign had focused on criticizing the transport plan without [...]
Just when most locals probably thought that there have been more than enough discussions and surveys about the Canberra’s new light rail (or trams), the ACT Government has launched another consultation on the topic.
But wait – do not despair just yet – this time the focus is not about whether or not, or when or [...]
This morning, Chief Minister Andrew Barr issued an entire media release attacking the Liberals over their stance on light rail and public transport ahead of an assembly motion vote on the issue today.
It asked, “Will the Liberals reaffirm their commitment to congestion?” and described the Canberra Liberals as “becoming increasingly isolated with their backward-looking position on transport [...]
A new single agency, Transport Canberra, will oversee the territory’s light rail and bus network from July 2016 when light rail contract negotiations are complete, putting an end to any speculation that ACTION may be privatised.
There will be no change to the ACTION and Capital Metro brands at this time and Minister for Capital Metro [...]
Surveys into whether we Canberrans are for or against the ACT Government’s planned light rail system have been in the news all week, and many of our readers have questioned the research methods used.
We contacted Piazza Research, the Phillip-based company contracted to undertake surveys on light rail for the ACT Government, to find out how [...]
A majority of older Canberrans are anti-light rail but overall capital residents are for the Capital Metro according to new survey results.
Only 46% of over-65s are pro-light rail compared to 67% of 35-49-year-olds.
ACT Minister for Capital Metro Simon Corbell has released a summary of data from surveys undertaken by Piazza Research for the government showing [...]
The environmental impact statement (EIS) for Canberra’s light rail network is complete, has been lodged with the planning and land authority and is now available to the public at planning.act.gov.au.
A draft version of the EIS was published in June and after four weeks of consultation, the Capital Metro Agency had received 60 responses from the [...]
The ACT Government has sent a strong message to the anti-light rail lobby today by announcing it will lodge a development application for the optional extension to Russell together with that for the initial Civic to Gungahlin line within weeks.
A statement from Minister for Capital Metro, Simon Corbell, said the application would cover works required [...]
The ACT Government will use up to half of the Magistrates Court carpark on London Circuit as a construction compound during stage one of the building of Canberra’s light rail network.
Minister for Capital Metro Simon Corbell said the Government was in talks with Civic businesses and other stakeholders to ensure sufficient car-parking remained available during [...]
Canberra’s MLAs are not exactly famous for lively repartee, but last week duty called for Liberal MLA Giulia Jones. She gave it a good hard crack, flexing her silver tongue and delivering an unbridled bombardment to the Greens.
“Mums and dads trying to get their kids to school and earn the double income needed to survive these [...]
On 21 Sep 2012, the ALP announced that Capital Metro light rail would form part of the policy platform they would take to the 2012 ACT election.
It was covered by ACT Light Rail here.
The ALP and Greens won that election, and formed Government. Light rail commencing construction formed part of the agreement to govern between the [...]
Just a nuance about last week’s Operation Fortitude demo in Melbourne. I’ll bet most of the demonstrators (not to be confused with rioters), got the site at Flinders Street Station by tram – read light rail.
As the Newcastle song goes……….. Don’t you ever let a chance go by, oh Lord.
(Photo: Barcelona tram)
[ 27 August 2015 at 7:00 pm; ]
I am the Chair of the Canberra Public Transport Alliance, and a past Chair of the Combined Community Councils Transport Working Group. I am concerned with the way the ACT Government is handling the light rail issue.
I do not believe ACT voters have been given any opportunity to collectively vote on whether they want a [...]
I support the introduction of light rail networks across Canberra.
We should not be having this debate in 2015. The first tracks should have been laid down in the late 1950s or at least by the mid 1960s.
I blame the former NCDC for this oversight. This lack of light rail transport infrastructure most likely came about [...]
Higher than expected light rail patronage, overall growth in all public transport patronage and decreased road traffic…. how did the Gold Coast achieve this?
Page eight of the latest ARA Newsletter offers some insight:
Australasia’s newest Light Rail project on the Gold Coast recorded its 5 millionth passenger in April, reaching Year 2 patronage figures in its first 9 months [...]
The ACT Government will make a capital contribution of $375 million towards Canberra’s light rail project, Capital Metro, ACT budget papers have revealed.
The budget papers explain that the contribution, which is half of the project’s estimated $750 million cost and mostly funded by the sale of ACTTAB and old government office blocks, will be set aside [...]
Late last year a caller to 666 Chief Minister Talkback asked then Chief Minister Katy Gallagher why letters the caller had individually addressed to each Legislative Assembly member had not been received. Ms Gallagher’s response was that the letters were opened and forwarded to the appropriate minister, as per standard practice.
These letters each contained technical information on an [...]
Should we build the first stage of Light Rail or instead build Monash Drive to solve the problem of increasing congestion along Northbourne Avenue during peak times?
The current Government plans to build light rail along Northbourne Avenue, but previous Federal and ACT Governments had planned to eventually build Monash Drive.
Monash Drive had been proposed since [...]