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ACT Light Rail Meeting – Thursday 4 September

By ACT Light Rail - 2 September 2008 8

ACT Light Rail will be holding a public meeting from 6.30 PM on Thursday 4 September at the Belconnen Community Centre, Swanson Court, Belconnen.
This meeting will discuss the recent announcement by the Chief Minister of a business case for Light rail in the ACT.

This is the first concrete step by the Stanhope Government in preparing a proper case for Light Rail and is supported by ACT Light Rail. The government has listened to our comments that a wishlist including light rail is not sufficient for Infrastructure Australia fund to make a considered decision, and announced this recent initiative.

Our aim now, is to provide the ACT Government with items we believe should be included in the terms of reference for this business case. ACT Light Rail has worked constructively with all political parties in successfully including Light Rail on political platforms for the territory election.

I encourage all citizens of the ACT with an interest in public transport to attend this meeting and put forward their suggestions for Light Rail (with an emphasis on realistic achievable recommendations) which can be included in the terms of reference for the business case.

If you are unable to attend the meeting you can visit the ACT Light Rail website and leave a comment or suggestion which may be considered. We ask that your real name and contact details be provided if you choose to do this, so we can contact you if necessary.

This is a good opportunity for the community to have input into a major infrastructure proposal.

Damien Haas
Chair
ACT Light Rail

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8 Responses to
ACT Light Rail Meeting – Thursday 4 September
PM 2:52 am 03 Sep 08

iCanberran said :

Lightrail again, I’ll keep the car thanks. It’s there when and where I need it.

So keep your car. Nobody’s stopping you from driving. I’ll continue to pay for your roads and their maintenance (and I’m content with that).

ACT Light Rail 11:02 pm 02 Sep 08

bigred – as i think has been stated before, ACT Light Rail have met with the TWU who have no objection to light rail.

Pandy 10:24 pm 02 Sep 08

already been sold. Some of the key routes that would be required in Canberra have very large areas yet to be developed,

Except for Molonglo most of all of the remaining land along the corridors will have been developed before the first shovel is turned on the light rail routes.

bigred 8:51 pm 02 Sep 08

I’ll say it again. TWU and CFMEU say “NO”. So it won’ happen. Toot toot!

iCanberran 7:48 pm 02 Sep 08

Lightrail again, I’ll keep the car thanks. It’s there when and where I need it.

Gungahlin Al 7:18 pm 02 Sep 08

It wouldn’t be a surprise to see blowouts in costs on the Gold Coast – there has been no provision for the necessary corridors. Therefore every square cm of land required has to be resumed, and land prices in SEQ have been skyrocketing.

This is where Canberra is at a great advantage – the corridors have for the most part been preserved, going right back to Walter’s original plans.

The other problem with the Gold Costs is that the places they want to put the system is have (I would imagine without going to far into the research) already been sold. Some of the key routes that would be required in Canberra have very large areas yet to be developed, which would therefore yield greater revenues and thereby help in large part to pay for the system, as they did for the Mandurah line in WA.

Pandy 6:05 pm 02 Sep 08

Now why am I being moderated once again for JB? Have I not been a good boy of late?

Pandy 6:03 pm 02 Sep 08

^with an emphasis on realistic achievable recommendations

JULY 2008 – The economic case for light rail as the preferred mode for the Gold Coast Rapid Transit project is considerably stronger than the case for a busway.

http://www.ttf.org.au/Content/gcrt0708.aspx

Today, Minister Mickel, Minister for Transport,
Trade, Employment and Industrial Relations,
welcomed the Business Case recommendation for
light rail as the preferred mode for the Gold Coast
Rapid Transit (GCRT) project.

http://www.translink.com.au/qt/translin.nsf/ReferenceLookup/gcrt_factsheet_next6months.pdf/$file/gcrt_factsheet_next6months.pdf

THE State Government is facing big cost blowouts in its long-term infrastructure plan for southeast Queensland, according to the latest figures….The Gold Coast Rapid Transit project up to $1.67 billion from $600 million.

http://www.news.com.au/couriermail/story/0,,23831433-3102,00.html

Gold Coast Light Rail Feasibility Study
Project cost: $320 – $360 million (2004)

http://www.pb.com.au/gclightrail/GCLR_Report/PDF%27s/Draft_Summary_Report.pdf

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