Government Avoids Questions About Light Rail

The Government has refused to provide information about plans for light rail in Canberra, said ACT Shadow Transport Minister Alistair Coe.

In the Assembly yesterday, the Government deleted all the questions Mr Coe asked in a motion about the delivery of light rail.

The information on light rail the Liberals sought answers to were:

  • the timeline for the decision making and construction progress;
  • the expected cost to taxpayers of pre-construction and construction;
  • the predicted patronage, running costs and staffing once operational;
  • the population within reasonable walking distance of a light rail stop;
  • plans for park and ride facilities;
  • the financial models for funding the project; and
  • what feedback was received from Infrastructure Australia as a result of the 2008-federally funded proposal.

“I’m disappointed that the Government is not passing on information about how they intend to honour their huge financial commitment,” Mr Coe said today.

“Whilst I realised that definitive costs and figures will not yet be known, the Government must have estimates for each of the questions I asked.

“If the Government is serious about delivering light rail, they need to get widespread community support and confidence in the project. Instead, refusal to answer questions will lead to greater scepticism about the viability of light rail in Canberra,” Mr Coe concluded.