Stanhope on 666 this morning accused citizens texting in to express concern about the proposal to develop the Kingston Rail Site, and move the train station further out, of “being misinformed”. Without detail on the table, it’s hard to be informed, isn’t it?
What a retrograde step – moving any opportunity for a rail hub further out from central Canberra! It was already a hassle having the train line ending at Kingston.
Any environmentally valid, strategic plans to redevelop the shunting yards would simply have to keep a rail corridor with the potential to run right into Civic.
Perhaps not even in the mid term, rail may stay under-used. But the long-term should be clear: high speed train to Sydney, and light rail potentially using heavy-rail infrastructure.
How on Earth did the CSIRO scientists manage to figure that turning the Kingston rail site into apartments is in keeping with sound environmental planning?
And where’s the evidence of public consultation on the part of CSIRO/ACTPLA on this one?
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