In our last post we covered the debate in the Assembly where the Canberra Liberals argued against better public transport infrastructure. Yesterday, they moved a motion in the Assembly opposing that funding. It was defeated.
Here is the video from WIN TV on the issue. The ABC TV carried no report on it.
a media release issued by MLA Simon Corbell, Capital Metro Agency Minister.
Canberra Liberals' blinkered opposition to light rail lets Canberrans down
Canberra Liberals have proved once again how out of touch they are with the
needs of Canberrans with their blinkered opposition to a project that will
deliver positive outcomes for the ACT, Minister for Capital Metro, Simon
Corbell, said today.
his latest motion in the Legislative Assembly today Alistair Coe continues with
his head-in-the-sand approach to tackling transport challenges for Canberra's
future," Mr Corbell said.
only is he objecting to a project that will deliver strong transport, economic
and sustainability outcomes for Canberra but he is also objecting to a project
supported by a majority of Canberrans."
recent survey by Piazza Research, commissioned by Capital Metro, found 55% of
Canberrans supported light rail as a public transport solution for the ACT.
one of Canberra's light rail network will decrease congestion along Northbourne
Avenue while providing for the iconic landscape of the wide, tree-lined median.
Canberra Liberals' alternative to light rail is to either do nothing, allowing
congestion to increase into the future to the point where commuters will be
bogged down in gridlocked traffic, or to replace the landscaped entry to the
national capital with extra road lanes.
Mr Coe is seriously suggesting that Bus Rapid Transit is the solution for
preventing one-hour commutes from Gungahlin to City in the coming decades he
should come clean and tell the people of Canberra whether he intends to either
reduce Northbourne Avenue to two lanes of general traffic or if he prefers to
put a two-lane road in the place of the median strip," Mr Corbell said.
only does the Capital Metro project have a positive Benefit Cost Analysis,
meaning it provides more in economic benefits then it costs, but it will also
provide social and environmental benefits that other forms of public transport
rail is good for all of Canberra. It is good for people who use public
transport, who will have a fast, comfortable, reliable service. It is good for
businesses, which will benefit from the increased economic activity. It is also
good for drivers, who will benefit from reduced congestion on roads that are
already being choked with traffic during peak periods and are only going to get
worse if nothing is done.
rail is a modern, sustainable form of public transport that delivers important
benefits for Canberrans now, while allowing for Canberra to grow and prosper
into the future.
government knows light rail is the right public transport choice for the ACT
and the upcoming final business case will show it is economically good policy
for the ACT.
Canberra Liberals need to decide whether they want more congestion and less
efficient travel in Canberra or if they want a transformational transport
option that provides for Canberra's future."
- Statement ends -
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