Jon Stanhope has donned his Chief Minister hat to announce that he’s appointed PricewaterhouseCoopers to prepare a business case for a light rail network here in the ACT.
They sound very bullish on the whole thing now:
- “I am extremely pleased to be able to announce that the ACT Government is moving ahead with its exploration of light rail and very much look forward to seeing the consultants’ analysis in a few weeks,” Mr Stanhope said.
“Light rail captures the imaginations of many Canberrans and I am convinced that the time is right to get an independent view of its feasibility, and how such a major project might be staged.”
Minister for Territory and Municipal Services, John Hargreaves, said the Government had undertaken some preliminary assessments of the feasibility of light rail in 2004.
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“Since then, our population has grown, our urban form has changed, petrol prices have risen significantly, and climate change has emerged as a more urgent challenge,” he said. “That’s why the ACT has proposed light rail as a major infrastructure project to Infrastructure Australia. The business case will form part of the ACT’s detailed submission to the Commonwealth.”