Community guides Capital Metro planning

Released 27/11/2013

More than 400 individual responses and extensive stakeholder feedback have been received on the Capital Metro's Light Rail Integration Study, Minister for the Environment and Sustainable Development, Simon Corbell, said today.

"These Canberrans have made an invaluable contribution to the early planning stages of the ACT's light rail as the study is identifying and assessing options for integrating Capital Metro into Canberra's overall transport network," Mr Corbell said.

"The community consultation is an integral part of the study that will help form an in-depth analysis on the integration of light rail into the existing transport network. The study will ensure the City to Gungahlin route, as the first stage of a possible Canberra-wide network, is effectively designed to meet the needs of the community.

"Respondents to the survey have indicated that the three most important factors influencing the use of public transport were frequency, reliability and speed, all of which will undoubtedly improve with Capital Metro. Further, the connection with the bus network was considered the most important transport integration issue, one on which we are eager to concentrate on in the early planning stages of the project.

"Benefits to those outside the City to Gungahlin corridor is also a key concern for Canberrans.

"Capital Metro is not just about moving people. It is a catalyst for realising the vision of a sustainable, modern and creative Canberra. Revitalising Northbourne Avenue and the City Centre will bring a wide range of social, economic and environmental benefits to all Canberrans.

"Light rail is proving a powerful tool to revitalise and reshape cities. It is not just a form of transport; permanent tracks in the ground provide business certainty, encourage investment and connect people and places. Capital Metro is important in delivering other Government priorities such as the City Plan and City to Lake projects," Mr Corbell said.

Although the formal community consultation for this particular study ended on 15 November, Capital Metro is keen to take further feedback on the project at any time. Throughout the early planning stages of the Capital Metro Project, the Agency will be seeking feedback and engaging with interested stakeholders and community members through a range of channels, including through formal consultation periods.

A full report on the Light Rail Integration Study will be available on once the analysis has been completed.

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