The Liberals Alistair Coe is having some fun with today’s National Infrastructure Plan:
The report details many projects across Australia, with the aim being “to provide governments and the community with a clear set of actions to take advantage of the opportunities…”
“The fact that the Government’s light rail project does not even warrant a mention, despite Simon Corbell’s claims that the ACT Government has been in communication with Infrastructure Australia, raises even more questions about the viability of the project,” Mr Coe today.
“Rather than include light rail, the report says that bus lanes would be worth pursuing.
UPDATE: Simon Corbell’s office have provided a statement in response:
“The ACT Government will continue to work with Infrastructure Australia to establish light rail in Canberra.
The ACT Government made a submission to Infrastructure Australia in August 2012, seeking funding for the development of a segregated rapid transit corridor which could be either bus rapid transit or light rail transit. The ACT Government submission did not recommend a preference between the two.
In January 2013, Minister Corbell advised Infrastructure Australia of the Government’s decision to proceed with the Capital Metro light rail project.
The ACT Government will continue to keep Infrastructure Australia informed of the progress of the Capital Metro project, and the studies which support it as they evolve.”