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Airport asks for light rail connection

By johnboy - 24 September 2013 41

The ABC has special news that Canberra Airport’s Stephen Byron is drawing up plans for the ACT Government to build a light rail line to his holdings:

The ACT Government is planning to build light rail from Gungahlin to the city centre along Northbourne Avenue.

But Canberra Airport managing director Stephen Byron says planning should start now on how the line can be extended to loop national attractions in the Parliamentary Triangle and connect to the international terminal.

“Having more of a network would make the Gungahlin to City line more viable,” he said.

“It would link up the major employment zones – the city, the airport, Russel, Parkes – and link them up with where people live.

They’ve made a shiny video (above), and opened up their very own public consultation.

It really makes one wonder why we bother with local government when the airport is doing all this work for us.

From the goodness of their hearts no doubt.

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Airport asks for light rail connection
Robertson 12:33 pm 24 Sep 13

The Green line will need one additional stop for Hyatt/Albert Hall and get rid of the Eastwards kink after the bridge..

The stops in Fyshwick won’t be used for the same reason the existing no.80 bus inspires desperate avoidance. In fact I think the Fyshwick route might be far more efficient on a more easterly path heading towards Hindmarsh and then Jerrabomberra Ave.
(I wouldn’t be surprised if the Blue line wasn’t designed with the idea of avoiding the big outlet centre in Fyshwick uppermost in mind.)

Woden is a busy place and needs an Adelaide Ave connection. An eastern route via Hindmarsh would be good if there is a way of dealing with the gradient.

goggles13 11:52 am 24 Sep 13

where would the light rail line from Tuggeranong join up?

oh hang on, there are no plans for a line from Tuggeranong – its residents are not a political priority

I’m happy to keep using my gas guzzling V8 Commodore – stuff the environment

watto23 11:48 am 24 Sep 13

It makes sense that if they are to expand the capital metro project that either along via Russell or the Manuka/kingston area is next to get addressed.

Personally, i think any high speed rail link should be to the city and not to the airports. that said i see no reason why there can’t be a high speed rail link station at both. Certainly the train i caught to Frankfurt once stopped at the airport before going into the city. Adds a few minutes at most.

Seriously though rather than opposing the airport the ACT government should be asking for partial/full funding of the link. I know people have a negative view on the snow family, but that they have provided businesses to Canberra we might never have got like costco and masters.

fromthecapital 11:44 am 24 Sep 13

Grail said :

Rawhide Kid Part3 said :

I like how he’s got the “Future High Speed Rail Line” stoping right at the front door of the Airport.

Why wouldn’t it? Where else do we have the space for the railway and associated station? The corridor for high speed railways in other countries is around 100m, and train stations are a bit larger that a bus stop.

Find space or tunnel underground.

I’ve never caught high speed rail overseas that didn’t drop me off near the city centre..

Deref 11:39 am 24 Sep 13

FXST01 said :

I’m sure the Mayor of Snowtown will insist that Canberra pay for it.

Why not? We’ve paid for most of his empire.

tim_c 10:37 am 24 Sep 13

FXST01 said :

I’m sure the Mayor of Snowtown will insist that Canberra pay for it.

It will be like taking the train to Sydney airport – it costs about $4 to get from the CBD to the last stop before the airport, and about $12 to stay on the train to the next stop (ie. get off at the airport).

I just hope Mr Snow has more idea of what a train is than his ideas on buses – he seems to think a 12m bus can negotiate tight bends without requiring any more space than a 4m car.

Grail 10:20 am 24 Sep 13

Rawhide Kid Part3 said :

I like how he’s got the “Future High Speed Rail Line” stoping right at the front door of the Airport.

Why wouldn’t it? Where else do we have the space for the railway and associated station? The corridor for high speed railways in other countries is around 100m, and train stations are a bit larger that a bus stop.

enrique 10:16 am 24 Sep 13

damien haas said :

Commuters to Russell and BBP would comprise the majority of patronage on a Civic to Airport link.

That would be a good thing. Commuters = ticket sales = revenue = viability.

Rawhide Kid Part3 10:10 am 24 Sep 13

I like how he’s got the “Future High Speed Rail Line” stoping right at the front door of the Airport.

damien haas 10:03 am 24 Sep 13

Commuters to Russell and BBP would comprise the majority of patronage on a Civic to Airport link.

damien haas 10:02 am 24 Sep 13

I wish ACT Light Rail had their budget…

Cant wait to read the proposal in detail (later today).

Damien Haas
Chair, ACT Light Rail

Mysteryman 9:51 am 24 Sep 13

It would make a lot of sense to have the airport connected. I’m not sure about the route they’re proposing, but there definitely needs to be a line running out to the airport.

And yes, JB, you’re right. You do have to wonder what the hell the MLA’s are doing.

Thumper 9:48 am 24 Sep 13

Wow? Some sensible suggestions?

No….

thebrownstreak69 9:47 am 24 Sep 13

Other than needing one or two more stops in Fyshwick, that is actually a pretty good layout. Should also add Queanbeyan in there.

FXST01 9:42 am 24 Sep 13

I’m sure the Mayor of Snowtown will insist that Canberra pay for it.

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