The Public Transport Association of Canberra (PTCBR) today welcomed the release of the preliminary EPBC documentation for the City to Commonwealth Park light rail extension, heralding it as an important milestone in the journey towards bringing the network south to Woden, then onwards to Tuggeranong.
“We commend the ACT Government for their careful consideration of the broader environmental and heritage impacts of bringing light rail through Canberra’s city centre,” said PTCBR Chair Ryan Hemsley.
“This is evident in the adoption of wire-free technology and grassed tracks along Commonwealth Avenue, which significantly reduces the route’s visual impact and preserves the important Parliament House heritage vista.”
Mr Hemsley said he looked forward to the awarding of contracts and commencement of works between the City and Commonwealth Park.
“By extending Canberra’s light rail network, we can deliver a much-needed shot in the arm for Canberra’s construction industry, with the double benefit of providing improved public transport options in the longer term.”
The preliminary assessment documentation can be accessed here.
Ryan Hemsley is the Chair of the Public Transport Association of Canberra, the Canberra region’s peak public transport lobby group.