Work to establish light rail in Canberra and transform the city’s public transport network is on track, Minister for the Environment and Sustainable Development, Simon Corbell said today.
“The recruitment process for the critical role of Project Director to lead the new Capital Metro Agency, and for a Project Board Chair, will commence in the coming weeks,” Mr Corbell said.
“Coordination of research for a property strategy for the light rail corridor is already underway. The urban redevelopment of this corridor will be transformative, providing a stimulus and confidence in the market for development and growth."
“Opportunities to increase residential and commercial intensities along the corridor on Northbourne Avenue are being investigated. Options being looked at include public housing redevelopments and the Dickson Group Centre.“
The redevelopment of land currently occupied by EPIC and Thoroughbred Park, and the relocation of these facilities, is another option also being considered.
“The $330,000 Network Integration Study has also commenced, which investigates options for stations and stops, and the way in which the light rail service would run in relation to existing modes of personal and public transport,” he said.
Funding allocated in this year’s budget for the Capital Metro light rail project includes:
- $5 million for preliminary design studies
- $12.3 million for the establishment of the Capital Metro Agency; and,
- $1.4 million for a master planning process (which will investigate and identify issues for a future Canberra-wide light rail network)
“Capital Metro is a unique infrastructure project that will provide a template for growth and transport options in Canberra for years to come.”
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