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Capital Metro Business Case released

By Damien Haas 31 October 2014 105

The long awaited business case for the light rail line from Civic to Gungahlin has been released. At a media only event at the Gallery of Australian Design, the Chief Minister released the Business Case and the EOI simultaneously. Prospective tenderers have until mid December to prepare their bids.

The Capital Metro project has tremendous support from Canberra’s community and will deliver enormous benefits to the city for the next five decades. It is a significant infrastructure investment.

Construction is expected to begin in the first half of 2016 with services expected to start in 2019. Up to 3500 jobs will be created by this project.

In the business case, there was mention that an extension from Civic to Russell could be added to Stage 1.

www.actlightrail.info/2014/10/capital-metro-business-case-released.html

A full report, and a list of relevant documents is available from ACT Light Rails website.

Damien Haas
Chair, ACT Light Rail

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switch 9:01 am 04 Dec 14

HiddenDragon said :

So we’re signing up to a billion or more for a tram set, when our Budget is already well on the way to being busted, to please and appease notoriously fickle hipsters and trendoids.

Who will be the first out of here when the economy no longer suits them…

HiddenDragon 6:52 pm 03 Dec 14

dungfungus said :

The ACT Government trots out another “expert” who says light rail for a smart city like Canberra is a “must have”.
http://www.canberratimes.com.au/act-news/light-rail-critical-to-a-smart-city-international-cities-expert-20141201-11xh1h.html
How much do they pay these people?

“You need to attract the skilled people, the educated classes to stay in your city, and everywhere light rail has been useful in attracting the very kind of people who help you reinvent your economy,” he (Simon Corbell) said.

“When you get younger voices in, they’ll say they want the jobs, they’ll want the housing and they’ll want the connectivity from the density that a city brings. Getting younger people involved is pretty critical.” (said Committee for Sydney chief executive Tim Williams)

So we’re signing up to a billion or more for a tram set, when our Budget is already well on the way to being busted, to please and appease notoriously fickle hipsters and trendoids. Aside from a handful of genuinely successful (i.e. not subsidised by public funds) boutique businesses – of the kind which is seriously over-hyped in this town – how many real jobs is this going to create and sustain?

With another set of dismal economic figures out today, it’s fairly obvious people will go where the remaining jobs are – big toys won’t be needed to attract or retain them. And for those whose skills are still in such high demand that they have a range of choices, will the prospect of a stop-start trip along Canberra’s quaintly rustic neo-Eastern bloc boulevards lure them away from the coastal cities or overseas delights. DREAM ON……

rommeldog56 5:45 pm 03 Dec 14

rosscoact said :

dungfungus said :

The ACT Government trots out another “expert” who says light rail for a smart city like Canberra is a “must have”.
http://www.canberratimes.com.au/act-news/light-rail-critical-to-a-smart-city-international-cities-expert-20141201-11xh1h.html
How much do they pay these people?

Probably more than the cut-rate knuckleheads paid by the Libs

Once again, to me the words in the linked article are just more glib ascertions and slogans – and comparing the overseas experience to Canberra is not an apples-to-apples comparison anyway.

Just look at the content in the business case/Benefits Costs Ratio (BCR) – its total rubbish.

But what the hell, this is essentially a pointless discussion now. Light rail is a reality and wont be able to be undone even if the ACT Libs do win the 2016 ACT election (which I think, will be very difficult for them to do).

The only option now is to be “positive” Dungfungus – its what some on RiotAct prefer – even if the Territory budget is sinking. No negative vibes, please !

I for one will be sending a strong “No” to ACT Labor/Greens via the ballot box at the 2016 election because of Light Rail, tripling of Annual Rates and other Labor/Greens mismanagement.

gazket 5:02 pm 03 Dec 14

This is why we are getting light rail. It’s a guaranteed legal money spinner .

Unions and associates will make money out of light rail and in turn some will be donated back to Labor and the Greens.

Why else are they going like a bull at a gate to pushing it through.

dungfungus 3:15 pm 03 Dec 14

rosscoact said :

dungfungus said :

The ACT Government trots out another “expert” who says light rail for a smart city like Canberra is a “must have”.
http://www.canberratimes.com.au/act-news/light-rail-critical-to-a-smart-city-international-cities-expert-20141201-11xh1h.html
How much do they pay these people?

Probably more than the cut-rate knuckleheads paid by the Libs

I wasn’t aware that the Liberals were a stakeholder in our light rail.

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