The Public Transport Association of Canberra (PTCBR) are pleased that community consultation on the second stage of Canberras light rail network has commenced. The second stage will run from Woden to Civic and provide a much-needed boost to public transport services to Woden residents, and to workers in the Parliamentary Triangle.
Damien Haas, PTCBR Chair said that:
“PTCBR urge the government to quickly proceed with a business case and final routes, taking into consideration the best options for Canberra, and Woden residents.”
“As well as addressing road congestion and providing better public transport options, Woden light rail stage two through the Parliamentary Triangle is a tremendous opportunity to provide easy tourist access to the national attractions.”
“We are pleased at the extensive consultation agenda that the ACT Government have set in motion, and are confident that the final route chosen will provide the best transport options for Canberra, and tourists that visit the national capital”.
“If all goes to plan, the construction of light rail from Civic through the Parliamentary Triangle and to Woden, could commence as soon as the first light rail from Gungahlin starts making its way to Civic in 2018”
“PTCBR urge all Canberrans, not just Woden residents to take part in this community consultation process, light rail will eventually stretch right across Canberra, and it is important that people have a say in how it is planned and delivered.”
Aware that the consultation process was to occur, PTCBR convened a meeting of its members in Woden in April to look at the issues around bringing light rail to Woden.
Initial results were posted to the PTCBR Facebook group, and further comments were provided that are incorporated in this summary.
The PTCBR consultation report contains key findings of participants views, light rail stop suggestions and general comments about Woden light rail stage two. As the first public meeting to discuss Woden light rail, it generated significant interest and some useful ideas were identified.
At the consultation session itself, and in the following days as the ideas were discussed among the PTCBR membership, some key themes emerged:
- The route from Civic to Barton was straight forward, with a major stop at Albert Hall seen as logical.
- No clear preference on light rail out of Civic via London Circuit or directly through Capital Hill was identified, although stops needed to be closer than a kilometer apart.
- The route through the triangle to Adelaide Avenue had several different options, and really needed to be examined in an NCA and engineering context.
- Any route needed to focus on the Barton workforce for light rail stops.
- A route around the lake foreshore to Yarraumla and Cotter Road could be looked at.
- A tunnel under Parliament House, with a light rail station there was suggested.
- A direct route along Adelaide Avenue was preferred over a route through suburbs.
- Going through/over/under the roundabout directly into Callam Street was preferred.
- A light rail station at the bus interchange in the Woden Town Centre was preferred.
- Major upgrades to cycling/walking paths near light rail stops would be needed.
- Fewer light rail stops than the Gungahlin stage, but better integrated as bus stations with services.
- Park and Ride with retail services would be needed.
- Bike and Ride with secure bike lockers would be needed.
- Linking cycle paths with light rail stations was a priority.
- More frequent local bus services, especially linking the hospitals (Deakin based private and Canberra Hospital) and TAFE with light rail.
- Express services from Woden stopping at Parliament would be a good idea.