The ACT Government today welcomed an Inquiry by the Joint Standing Committee on the National Capital and External Territories into the Commonwealth and Parliamentary approvals for the City to Woden light rail project.
Minister for Transport and City Services Meegan Fitzharris said the ACT Government would cooperate with the inquiry and welcomed the opportunity to again demonstrate the benefits of a city-wide light rail network in Canberra.
“Light rail will transform our city and deliver a faster, more convenient and more sustainable public transport option for Canberra into the future.
“Construction on Stage One from the City to Gungahlin is already well underway, with more than 700 people working on the project and testing of the vehicles due to start in coming months.
“Planning and design for Stage Two is well underway with the City to Woden route that travels through Parkes and Barton now the ACT Government’s preferred route.
“The ACT Government is committed to building a light rail network for Canberra, and extending light rail to Woden. We will continue to work with relevant stakeholders, and welcome this opportunity to address the terms of reference of the Joint Standing Committee’s inquiry.
“It is my hope that this inquiry will provide all stakeholders with clarity about the approvals process, how we can best protect and enhance the heritage values and national importance of the Parliamentary Zone, and ensure all parties have a shared understanding of the huge benefit light rail will have for people in Woden, the Inner South and Canberra more broadly.
“While I fully expect the Canberra Liberals and Zed Seselja to do everything in their power to oppose and criticise light rail through this process, I would urge them to remember that this should first and foremost be about how we plan for Canberra's growth, reduce congestion and enhance liveability.
“The people of Canberra voted for light rail and that is what this government is determined to deliver,” said Minister Fitzharris.
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