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Rail link rumoured for Bungendore, Jerrabomberra and Canberra

By Kerces - 3 October 2006 25

Palerang Shire mayor Frank Pangello has been all over the ABC news bulletins this morning proclaiming the benefits of a railway line for commuting Defence families to use. The Canberra Times has rather more, saying the project is “on the verge of receiving NSW Department of Environment approval”.

The proposal is to extend the line to link Jerrabomberra to the Canberra and Queanbeyan stations.

The idea seems to be that there are going to be so many Defense people living in Jerrabomberra once the Headquarters Joint Operations Command is built near Bungendore and they are all going to need some way to get to and from work. Mr Pangello said he thinks rail would be preferable and economical once you factor in the skinnyness and windiness of the roads in the area.

Since Mr Pangello is so enthusiastic about the whole project, I presume this means his Shire Council would not have to pay for it — given they’ve got very little funds to be throwing around.

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ant 8:47 pm 05 Oct 06

I think they’d probably be looking to join the HQ JOC rail line to the current one that winds past quite close.

Big Al 8:38 pm 05 Oct 06

DoD has already acounted for the expected housing requirements in their existing stock in Canberra (with a small amount of housing based in Queanbeyan) so there’ll be no noticable hit in Jerrabomberra – its the way they structure it, to ensure they cant be blamed for altering property prices one way or the other.

A rail link to HQJOC would be a boon for the constrution consortium given that it would be a major project variation that wasn’t event flagged on the radar when the deal was signed – the variation cost alone would probably make it financially unfeasible.

Pandy 10:26 pm 04 Oct 06

Yeah but what time does the Defence shift end? 4pm? And its only what 400 cars at most. about the number that goes across London circuit in 10 minutes.

ant 8:52 pm 04 Oct 06

It’ll be an absolute poo-fight Friday evenings, as the mob heading to the coast hit the mob leaving HQ JOC.

A developer is ramming through a development at Trucking Yard Lane in Bungendore (on the Captain’s Flat side), doubtless with one eye on this potential market.

Thumper 3:17 pm 04 Oct 06

Whaddya say?

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