Simon Corbell is celebrating the hiring of a project director (actually just kicking off the recruitment process FFS) which apparently justifies announcing Canberra’s light rail is now “FIRMLY ON TRACK”.
At which point the inner pedant in me comes stomping out with his big boots on to point out that a railway is “on track” (let alone firmly) the day a train is sittin on a track.
On not a moment before.
Simon has happily announced the millions being spent which will not (yet anyway) put down one single piece of track:
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“The $330,000 Network Integration Study has also commenced, which investigates options for stations and stops, and the way in which the light rail service would run in relation to existing modes of personal and public transport,” he said.
Funding allocated in this year’s budget for the Capital Metro light rail project includes:
— $5 million for preliminary design studies
— $12.3 million for the establishment of the Capital Metro Agency; and,
— $1.4 million for a master planning process (which will investigate and identify issues for a future Canberra-wide light rail network)