MEDIA RELEASE – ACT Election results another vindication for the ACT Government’s light rail vision

The Public Transport Association of Canberra (PTCBR) has welcomed the re-election of the ACT Government led by Chief Minister Andrew Barr as a further vindication of the pro-light rail policies of ACT Labor and the ACT Greens.

“Saturday’s election results have re-confirmed the trends we saw four years ago, with strong swings towards the government in Murrumbidgee and Brindabella cementing light rail as a vote-winner,” said PTCBR Chair Ryan Hemsley.

“In contrast to the pro-light rail policies offered by Labor and the Greens, the Canberra Liberals offered half-hearted and at times inconsistent support for the extension of light rail to Woden.

“Despite the outstanding success of Stage One and high levels of public support for expanding the network to southern Canberra, the Canberra Liberals could not conceal their long-standing opposition to light rail.”

Mr Hemsley said that Alistair Coe’s call for a post-election review of light rail only served to reinforce the view that his party had yet to learn the lessons from its election losses, with light rail now featuring in the 2012, 2016 and the 2020 elections.

Mr Hemsley instead urged the Canberra Liberals to conduct a post-election review of their own public transport policies and make a definitive, public commitment to the extension of Canberra’s light rail network before the next election.

“We sincerely hope that the ACT Opposition provides Canberrans with a significantly better light rail policy offering in 2024.”

Ryan Hemsley is the Chair of the Public Transport Association of Canberra, the Canberra region’s peak public transport lobby group.

PTCBR’s ACT Election 2020 Survey

Early in the campaign, PTCBR provided political parties and independent candidates standing at the 2020 ACT Election with the following questions relating to their public transport policies:

  1. How would you improve Canberra’s public transport network?
  2. What is your position on extending Canberra’s light rail network?
  3. Do you intend to end or reduce any existing public transport services?

All responses have been published here in the order they were received.

As of COB Friday 16 October, PTCBR had received responses from the following political parties and independent candidates:

✅ Bruce Paine (Independent, Electorate of Kurrajong)
✅ Community Action Party
✅ Brendan Whyte (Independent, Electorate of Murrumbidgee)
✅ Mignonne Cullen (Independent, Electorate of Ginninderra)
✅ Australian Federation Party
✅ Sustainable Australia Party
✅ Canberra Liberals
✅ David Pollard (Independent, Electorate of Yerrabi)
✅ Fiona Carrick (Independent, Electorate of Murrumbidgee)
✅ Canberra Progressives
✅ Belco Party
✅ ACT Greens

In instances where no response was provided by the deadline, PTCBR has added commitments outlined in policy documents and commentary released by the parties over the course of the campaign.

If you have not yet voted, this is your opportunity to learn more about the public transport policies of these political parties and independent candidates before you cast your ballot.

PTCBR expects all parties to deliver on the public transport commitments they have made throughout the campaign.