Canberra Liberals Will Oppose Light Rail

The Canberra Liberals will fight the ACT Labor government’s case for light rail in the lead up to the 2016 ACT Election because it simply doesn’t stack up for Canberra, Shadow Minister for Transport Alistair Coe said today.

“The opposition will stay on the side of ACT taxpayers and scrutinise the government’s ill-conceived project. A light rail line from Gungahlin to the City at a cost of $614 million is not good value and given the government’s record of delivering infrastructure, there’s every chance the cost and timeline will blow-out,” Mr Coe said.

“Even by the government’s own modelling, the patronage forecasts are very low and do not warrant the biggest capital outlay the ACT government has ever committed. Furthermore, people living within the Northbourne Avenue corridor are already serviced well by ACTION buses.

“The light rail route doesn’t even include any national institutions, the convention centre or other prominent locations such as universities, Russell offices, the airport or Barton.

“The Canberra Liberals will fight the government’s case for light rail. This is a line in the sand and we won’t back away from responsible use of taxpayers’ money,” Mr Coe concluded.